cts of tobacco and other lung carcinogens. For example, the cells and DNA in women's lungs may be more easily damaged by tobacco smoke.
At the meeting, advocacy group representatives listened to presentations by top cancer researchers detailing the rising risks of lung cancer among women as well as inroads that have been made in sex-based research. Roundtable discussion prompted the groups to make lung cancer awareness in women a top national health priority, including a drive to urge the government to increase funding for sex-based lung cancer research.
Among the advocacy groups joining the Society for Women's Health Research to talk about ways to increase awareness of sex differences in lung cancer risk and treatment approaches were the American Society for Clinical Oncology, CancerCare, Intercultural Cancer Council, Joan's Legacy, Lung Cancer Alliance, LUNGevity, National Womens Health Resource Center, Women Against Lung Cancer, and the Women's Health Policy and Advocacy Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Individuals participating in the Roundtable committed to working together around the following lung cancer advocacy needs:
- Greater attention by the public, policy makers, and researchers in order to reduce lung cancer risks and rates of occurrence, improve diagnosis, and expand treatment options through research V particularly for women of all cultures, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic strata.
- Significant increases in public and private funding to support sex- and gender-based research and education.
- Health care provider education to reduce nihilism, pessimism, and stigma in the treatment of lung cancer patients.
A major goal is to significantly increase survivorship and reduce death from lung cancer by 2015.
Sex-Based Differences in Lung Cancer
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