Nov 21, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says Canadian women are dying of lung cancer at a rate far higher than those reported by most countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It says 47 out of every 100,000 women die of lung cancer each year in Canada, almost double the average rate of 26.5 per 100,000 for the 34-country organization. Only Iceland and Denmark have higher rates. The death rate may be linked to higher smoking levels among women in the 1980s. That’s because it takes up to 30 years for drops in smoking rates to translate into reduced lung cancer cases. In the 1980s, almost a third of Canadian women smoked daily, compared to 14 per cent in 2010.

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