Does Lung Cancer have a gender bias? A study found shocking results
Cancer is a disease that not only destroys the life and health of a patient; it also destroys the spirit of the patient who has to go through all the painful chemotherapy and other treatments. One of the most fatal forms of cancer is lung cancer and thanks to the habit of smoking, it has surpassed breast cancer as the disease which kills most women in the world.
The American Lung Association went ahead and took a survey to find out whether the Lung cancer has a gender bias? The results will shock you.
1 Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of death amongst men and women in the US and even all over the world. There are two types of cancer – small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The main reason for lung cancer is the intake of tobacco in the form of cigarettes, cigars and other mediums. Most of the people with lung cancer show no symptoms of cancer unless it is diagnosed. It is only after the cancer is metastasized, that the symptoms (Link- https://trendingposts.net/trending-health-news/10-possible-symptoms-of-lung-cancer-you-shouldnt-ignore/) raise their heads and they are cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and blood in cough and mucus.
It can happen to anyone and it mostly affects adults who have the habit of smoking or chewing tobacco. Recently a study was undertaken by the American Lung Association, which involved 1,000 women, to know which types of cancer affects women the most and what was their perception towards cancer. The results from the survey turned out to be pretty shocking, as it gave them new information about how cancer affects men and women.
2 The study that says lung cancer has a gender bias
The American Lung Association had lung cancer, specifically on their radar and what they found from the survey shocked them. They found that the rates for both types of lung cancers are quite similar between men and women. But, if we categorize the major types into subtypes, we find that there are gender differences. If we compare the two common types of NSCLC, we find that the rate of squamous cell carcinoma is almost 50% higher for men than women and the adenocarcinoma is 21% higher for women.
3 How do women perceive the occurrence of lung cancer?
Another shocking thing that the study found was that only 1% of women could recall lung cancer as one of the cancers that affect women. Over the last 38 years, the new cases of lung cancer have fallen 29% amongst men while they have risen to 96% in women. The thing is that lung cancer can happen to anyone, even to people who have never smoked in their life and people who have quit also happen to be diagnosed with this disease.
It seems like the difference between the men and women when it comes to lung cancer is something regarding attitude and self-awareness. The number of women dying due to lung cancer is rising alarmingly, yet women fail to recognize it as a valid threat. In 2016, it has been estimated that more than 72,000 women will die due to lung cancer and more than half of the women who are currently diagnosed with lung cancer won’t survive until next year.
The American Lung Association has launched an initiative known as LUNG FORCE that will raise awareness of increasing cases of lung cancer among women and will also fight for increasing funding for the research of the disease. With advancement in immunotherapy, trials have proven positive with results against lung cancer and they will be effective in increasing the survival rate among the patients.