Lung cancer has been the leading cause of cancer death among women since 1987, claiming the lives of 70,490 women in 2009.
Lung cancer is not a single neoplasm but a group of aggressive
malignant tumors of the lower respiratory tract and are by far the most
lethal of human tumors for men in the world and since 1987 it exceeded
breast cancer as the leading cancer cause of death in women in the U.S.
(68,800 vs. 39,800 respectively in 2004), a fact not well known among
women and many health professionals
In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer death in U.S. women. Unlike early breast cancer and many other types of cancer, lung cancer is rarely curable . Most deaths from lung cancer among U.S. women are caused by smoking
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States causing more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined. Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer every year since 1987--sixty-five thousand women are expected to die of lung cancer in 1999.