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New study shows that women have caught up to men in lung cancer risk

New research has found that women who smoke today have a greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago compared to those who never smoke. Researchers believe that is partly because women are starting younger and smoking more than they used to.

Women have caught up with men when it comes to dying from smoking-related illness. Lung cancer leveled off in the 1980s for men but is still rising for women. The research, in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, includes the first generation of U.S. women who started smoking early in life and continued for decades—long enough to see the health effects.

Smoking cuts more than 10 years off the average lifespan, but quitting at any age buys time.

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