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U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds

Yet certain types of lung malignancies are still on the rise

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Edelman also noted that the rates of lung cancer had been growing among women because they took up smoking later than men, so the long-term effects of smoking were delayed compared with men. "The rate of lung cancer among women is not declining, but it will, just as it has in men," he said.

"The fewer people who smoke, the fewer people who will get lung cancer, so we have to keep fighting the good fight," Edelman said.

For the study, researchers collected data from more than 450,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer between 1977 and 2010. The information was part of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program.

Findings were published in the Aug. 11 online issue of the journal Cancer.

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