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DENVER — Lung cancer rates are increasing in people who have never smoked, according to two new studies presented here at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer. In fact, at one institution, the incidence of never-smokers diagnosed with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) jumped from 13% to 28% during a 6-year period, Eric Lim, MD, from the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London, United Kingdom, and colleagues report in their study. And many of these patients initially presented with advanced-stage disease. The second study demonstrated that the incidence of lung cancer in never-smokers is increasing in the United States. This was observed in three facilities, most significantly for NSCLC. At one institution, for example, the rate of never-smokers climbed from 8.9% in 1990–1995 to 19.5% in 2011–2013. "When we think of lung cancer, we think of smoking," Dr Lim noted. But antismoking strategies implemented in the early 1980s have led to a decrease in smoking-related lung cancer. Instead, "what we are seeing is an increase in the incidence of nonsmoking-related lung cancer," he explained during a press briefing. "We have seen more than double the amount of patients coming to us."
originally posted by: TiredofControlFreaks
a reply to: MysterX
Are those real doctors or do they just play one on TV. Do you not think that there might be a little difference between science and marketing.
Of course, though, just as an aside, second hand smoke was used in the treatment of asthma in the 50s or so. And now that the smoking rate has gone down by about 50 %, the rate of asthma as gone up by 800 %.
Funny how those little kiddies didn't all of a sudden get healthy when all those smoking bans and anti-smoking campaigns came into play.
Tired of Control Freaks
Smoking among youths in the United States rose precipitously starting in 1992 after declining for the previous 15 years. By 1997, the proportion of teenage smokers had risen by one-third from its1991 trough. This trend is particularly striking in light of the continuing steady decline in smoking by adult Americans. "Today we are in the alarming position of having a youth smoking rate that is roughly 50 percent greater than the smoking rate of adults," note NBER Research Associate Jonathan Gruber and Jonathan Zinman in Youth Smoking in the U.S.:Evidence and Implications (NBER Working Paper No. 7780).