Research suggests women may have greater vulnerability to cigarette smoke than men.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – Research suggests women may have greater vulnerability to cigarette smoke carcinogens than men. As reported by HealthDay News, an analysis of several studies revealed findings that show women may be more susceptible to lung cancer and other health conditions related to cigarette smoke than their male counterparts.
Dr. Inga-Cecilie Soerheim of the University of Bergen, leader of a study on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and visiting research fellow at Harvard, is quoted by HealthDay News as stating of research findings, “Maybe women are more susceptible to the lung-damaging effects of smoking.”
However, some have concluded that the risks are similar for both men and women. Dr. Michael Thun, a researcher with the American Cancer Society, is further quoted in the report as stating, “The actual evidence suggests that men and women are remarkably similar in their risk of developing lung cancer — with or without smoking” although “the types of lung cancer they get are different.”
As noted in the report, an estimated 219,000 new lung cancer diagnoses will occur this year.
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