Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Is smoking more dangerous for women?

'A study involving nearly 3,000 U.S. women and men found that just being female doubles the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

The study is the latest to suggest smoking takes an especially devastating toll on women. Other studies have found that women who smoke are twice as likely as men to suffer a heart attack. Smoking has also been implicated in a higher risk of breast cancer. And, once they start smoking, women have a harder time quitting than men.'

But... 'Lead researcher Dr. Claudia Henschke, a professor of radiology and chief of chest imaging at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York City, cautioned that more research is needed to prove women have a higher risk of the deadly disease.

"We have to make sure it's not because they are smoking more or started younger" or, cigarette for cigarette, inhale more, Dr. Henschke said. But "if we find women are more susceptible, we really have to target those young women who are starting to smoke and make a special effort to reach out to them."'

Smoking deadlier among women, Ottawa Citizen - canada.com network, 2 December 2003

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