(HealthDay News) — From 2005 to 2009, the incidence of lung cancer decreased among men and women in the United States, according to a study published in the Jan. 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. S. Jane Henley, MSPH, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues examined lung cancer data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program for 2005 to 2009. The researchers sought to assess lung cancer incidence and trends among men and women by age group.
A total of 569,366 invasive lung cancer cases were reported among men and 485,027 among women, according to. Incidence appeared highest among those aged at least 75 years,
From 2005 to 2009, 569,366 invasive lung cancer cases among men and 485,027 among women were reported. Incidence appeared highest among those aged least 75 years and decreased as age decreased, according to the researchers.
From 2005 to 2009, lung cancer incidence decreased among men of all ages, except those aged younger than 35 years. Overall annual percentage change was –2.6%.
Among women, incidence decreased among those aged 35 to 44 years and 54 to 64 years, and remained stable in all other age groups. Overall annual percentage change was –1.1%.
The decrease was more rapid among men than women (6.5% per year versus 5.8% per year), and among those aged 35 to 44 years compared with other age groups.
“To further reduce lung cancer incidence in the United States, proven population-based tobacco prevention and control strategies should receive sustained attention and support,” the researchers wrote.