Nov 24, 2011

Effects Cigarettes For Women

Women, it's time to say goodbye to cigarettes. Although smoked less than men, women were more susceptible to the effects of lung damage caused by carcinogenic substances contained in a cigarette.

Conclusions are made based on a study of 700 lung cancer patients. The researchers found, although the quantity of women smoke less than men, it turns out they tended to be younger when diagnosed with lung cancer.
Another study conducted by experts from Harvard University, USA, and University of Bergen in Norway to 950 men and women who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diseases caused by smoking, found similar results.

Known, the female COPD patients are generally younger when they were diagnosed with the disease, and they smoked less than men. "Women are more susceptible to the effects of lung damage caused by smoking," said Dr. Inga-Cecilie Soerheim, guest researcher at the Harvard research results presented at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society's.

Type of lung cancer is different

Evidence from numerous studies in the past 20 years have suggested that women smokers are more susceptible to lung cancer than male smokers.

Soerheim and his colleague, Dr. Dawn L DeMeo, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that in 2000, COPD death rates exceed female against male, although the researchers do not yet know why.

However, Dr. Michael Thun, a former Director of Epidemiology Research at the American Cancer Society, does not accept the theory quickly. "The evidence actually shows that women and men are equally at risk of developing lung cancer, with or without smoking," he said.

However, Thun added, type of lung cancer are different, referring to the area of ​​the lung that has the possibility that cancer occurs in women and men.

COPD associated with new research, which says women are more vulnerable, Thun argues, there are other factors that trigger, such as female life expectancy is longer. In addition, focus on possible gender differences may be forgotten. Instead, he emphasized that health professionals and the general public needs to focus if smoking is the biggest contribution to lung cancer and COPD.

"If they quit smoking before age 50 years, then most of the risk can be avoided," he said, citing studies that have been published. Then when they stopped, women and men can find other ways to reduce the risk of lung cancer, such as avoiding cigarette smoke.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer became the highest cause of death of men and women in the United States. More people die of lung cancer compared with colon cancer, and breast and prostate cancer combined.

The institute estimates that more than 219,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year, and 159,390 people will die from the disease.

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