Women and Lung Cancer with Dr. Mary Reid

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mary Reid, PhD, Associate Professor of Oncology and Director of Collaborative Research, shares statistics to help dispel the myth that lung cancer is a man’s disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, killing more women each year than breast cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer combined. There are additional risk factors for lung cancer, but smoking remains the number one cause of lung cancer in women. The increase in lung cancer among women who have never smoked is now up to 20% and the causes for this increase remain unknown. Dr. Reid reminds women and men that if they don’t smoke, they shouldn’t start. For those who do smoke, there is benefit to quitting smoking at any time, even after a cancer has been detected.