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State-Specific Trends in Lung Cancer Incidence and Smoking—United States, 1999–2008

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September 16, 2011 / Vol. 60 / No. 36

MMWR Highlights

Lung Cancer Incidence Among Men

  • Lung cancer incidence among men continues to decrease nationwide.
  • Since 1999, the lung cancer rate among men has decreased faster in the West than in other regions.
  • From 1999–2008, the lung cancer rate among men decreased in 35 of the 44 states surveyed, and was stable in the other 9 states.
  • States with the lowest lung cancer rates were clustered in the West, as were about a third of states with the lowest smoking prevalence.

Lung Cancer Incidence Among Women

  • Lung cancer incidence among women decreased nationwide from 2006–2008, after increasing steadily for decades.
  • Lung cancer rates among women decreased in the West and stabilized in the Midwest, but were still increasing in the Northeast.
  • From 1999–2008, the lung cancer rate among women decreased in 6 of the 44 states surveyed, remained stable in 24 states, and increased slightly in 14 states.
  • Nearly half of states with higher smoking prevalence and over a third of states with higher lung cancer incidence among women are in the South.


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