What can Women do to Lower Risk of Lung Cancer Death?

Dr. Bryan Stanifer, a thoracic surgeon and director of the Women's Lung and Health Center at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, is featured in a recent U.S. News & World Report article, weighing in on reasons why women seem to have a different risk profile for lung cancer than men. 

"There's lots of theories, but it's never been adequately studied, which is part of our mission here," said Dr. Stanifer. "The theories include everything from, is there a hormonal component? Is there some specific environmental exposure that women get that men that on average tend not to get as much? But the ultimate answer is that no one knows right now. We currently do not fully understand why more young, non-smoking women are getting lung cancer. More research is actively being undertaken to help these patients in the future."

Lung cancer was long thought of as a "man's disease," and today, more men still die of the condition than women on average, as reported in the article. But women have been catching up to men, and some of these sex-related differences in lung cancer can be attributed to smoking patterns and habits. To read more, visit U.S. News & World Report.