Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer. Over nearly three decades, the overall lung cancer rate has dropped approximately 12 percent, said the study’s lead author Denise Riedel Lewis, an epidemiologist at the NCI.

Over nearly three decades, the overall lung cancer rate has dropped approximately 12 percent, said the study’s lead author Denise Riedel Lewis, an epidemiologist at the NCI. “The good news is that lung cancer rates are declining.

However, it’s not as clear for certain subtypes, and we are not exactly sure of the reasons behind these increases,” Riedel Lewis said. Riedel Lewis said that while she cannot draw a definitive conclusion about what’s causing the decline in lung cancer rates, she can infer that it’s mostly due to decreases in smoking.


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