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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Feb;196(2):287-95. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.5412.

Epidemiology of lung cancer in women: risk factors, survival, and screening.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. skligerman@umm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer mortality in both men and women. Tobacco use causes the vast majority of lung cancer in women but does not explain all cases, because about one in five women who develop lung cancer have never smoked.

CONCLUSION:

Environmental exposures, genetic predisposition, hormonal factors, and viral infection may all play a role in lung cancer in women. A better understanding may provide an avenue to more effective screening, diagnosis, and therapy.

PMID:
21257878
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.10.5412
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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