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Top Cancer Killer of Women in Rich Nations Shifts

Smoking drives the change

(Newser) - For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries. The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. "We're seeing the deaths now" from lung cancer due to a... More »

Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of... More »

RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6B in Smoking Lawsuit

Lawyer: Jury message is 'tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people'

(Newser) - RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a... More »

Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

Lung Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game-Changer'

Roche drug more effective on smokers than non-smokers: study

(Newser) - An experimental drug is actually more effective against lung cancer in patients who smoke than those who never have, Reuters reports. MPDL3280A, a Roche drug, is "great news for lung cancer patients," who are notoriously difficult to treat, researchers say; one oncologist says early-stage trials suggest it is... More »

Longtime Smokers Need Yearly CT Scan: US Panel

Feds think move will save 20K lives a year

(Newser) - Longtime heavy smokers should add a yearly chore to their medical regimen, says an influential federal panel: Get a CT scan. Specifically, the panel recommends that people 55 to 79 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years should get the tests, even if they've long since... More »

Desperate Housewives Star Dead

Kathryn Joosten dies after long battle with lung cancer

(Newser) - Actress Kathryn Joosten has died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, just weeks after her meddling neighbor character on Desperate Housewives died in the series finale. The 72-year-old was a heavy smoker first diagnosed with the disease in 2001, notes Radar , but had been declared cancer-free as recently as... More »

Waking Up to a Cigarette Raises Cancer Risk

So try to hold off for at least an hour

(Newser) - You probably already know that smoking is bad for you, but a new study shows that smoking first thing in the morning is apparently even worse. Among the 7,610 smokers studied—62% of whom had lung cancer—those who lit up within 30 minutes of waking were 79% more... More »

Lung Cancer Deaths in Women Drop

War on cancer passes milestone

(Newser) - "You've come a long way, baby," read the old Virginia Slims ads. But now American woman are making another advance—fewer of them are dying of lung cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute's latest report on cancer in America. The steady decline from a 2002 peak in... More »

Shedding Light on 'Hidden' Patients: Women With Lung Cancer

New report focuses on disparities in funding, incidence, survival

(Newser) - The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer is soaring, but federal funding for research lags even though the disease is more common than cancer of the breast, prostate, and colon—combined. A new report drills down on research about women and lung cancer, sorting out findings about incidence, gender... More »

Quitting Smoking Boosts Survival Odds After Cancer Diagnosis

Kicking the habit can double chances of surviving 5 years

(Newser) - Smokers diagnosed with lung cancer could double their chances of surviving for 5 years—if they quit smoking. The "dramatic" finding, based on analysis of 10 previous studies, applies only to early-stage cancer. "If you give up smoking, your body can still partially recover and your risk is... More »

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