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Briefing to address what women don't know about lung cancer

What: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Society for Women's Health Research is holding "What Women Don't Know About Lung Cancer," a briefing to discuss the unique biological risks faced by women, and the current status of diagnosis, treatment, research and politics of lung cancer. The briefing includes presentations from an expert panel. A question and answer session will follow.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room G-11
Washington, DC 20510

Background: Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of American women. American women have the highest lung cancer mortality in the world. This year in the United States, according to National Cancer Institute estimates, 68,800 women will die of lung cancer. The number exceeds the combined total of breast cancer (39,800) uterine cancer (10,900) and ovarian cancer (14,300). Women smokers are 20 to 70 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than are men smokers, at the same level of exposure. Studies have shown that women are largely unaware of the danger posed by this deadly disease, as well as the differences in how it affects men and women.


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Contact: Amy Hoskins
amy@womens-health.org
202-496-5015
Society for Women's Health Research
12-Nov-2003


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