Tue 26 Jun, 2012 12:13 pm
Why Are Women More Likely To Die From Lung Cancer In Alabama?
by Scott Hensley - NPR
June 25, 2012
Cancer Death Rates For White Women By Birth Year
Cancer deaths in Alabama vs. California
Nationwide, lung cancer death rates reached a peak for white women born in 1933. To compare death rates by state, researchers calculated ratios with the 1933 rate set to 1.0.
Source: Journal Of Clinical Oncology/Am. Cancer Society
Credit: Stephanie d'Otreppe
California has long been a trendsetter. But when it comes to reducing smoking and lung cancer, the Golden State's success hasn't taken the entire nation by storm.
Just take a look at the chart, which shows lung cancer death rates among white women by the year they were born.
For those women born since 1933, lung cancer death rates in California have dropped by more than half. In Alabama, they've more than doubled.
Why such a big discrepancy between the best state and the worst? "Lung cancer follows the smoking pattern," Ahmedin Jemal, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, tells Shots.
Smoking In California Hits Record Low July 14, 2011
California led the way with excise taxes on cigarettes and ordinances banning smoking at the workplace and in bars. The state also did a lot to encourage smokers to quit.
Alabama and other states in the South and Midwest weren't nearly as aggressive.
When Jemal and colleagues from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute crunched the lung cancer numbers, the differences were stark.
To make the comparisons easier to see, they expressed the rates as a ratio pegged to the death rate for women born in 1933. The national death rate from lung cancer was highest for women born then, Jemal says.
The findings appear in the latest Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Because of the concentrated evil that hangs in the air of the Deep South.
All those women are probably racist bitches so why worry?
California led the way qith excise taxes on cigarettes and ordiances banning smoking at the workplace and in bars. The state also did a lot to encourage smokers to quite. Alabama and other states in the South and Midwest weren't nearly as aggressive. when Jamel and colleagues from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute crunched the lung cancer numbers, the differences were stark.
Thanks and Regards,
I do agree with you. 90% of the patients are suffering from lung cancer due to smoking. Smoking need to be banned.