November 2011 Archives

Test Helps Reduce Risk of Death in Advanced Lung Cancer

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ScienceDaily (Oct. 11, 2011) -- Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center have developed a test that identifies key biomarkers in advanced lung cancer that helped reduce the risk of death by 36 percent over a 30- month period in a recent clinical trial.

Female Lung Cancer Rates Rise While They Drop For Males

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According to Cancer Council Australia, new research shows increased lung cancer rates in Australian women, adding urgency to further de-glamorize tobacco smoking. The research should plead an urgent call for the federal Parliament's passage of plain packaging for tobacco bills.

Professor Ian Olver, Cancer Council Australia CEO, states a net increase in lung cancer incidence in Australian women compared with men could be due to chronological differences in smoking behavior between the males and females, saying:

"Smoking prevalence in Australian men peaked in the 1940s while in women it was the mid-70s, so it's not surprising lung cancer rates in men are declining while they are on the rise in women. In the 1940s tobacco products were heavily promoted to men, while in the 1960s and '70s the tobacco companies sought to exploit the female market with brand names like "Slims", menthol cigarettes and packaging stylized to appeal to women."

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