The significant incidence of lung cancer in some groups of asian women in the face of the generally low incidence of tobacco smoking is intriguing and poses great challenges to the search for causative factors. We set out to describe the epidemiology of non small cell lung cancer nsclc among asians living in california and to explore the effects of acculturation on lung cancer risk by comparing lung.
The mortality rate of lung cancer in asian women has increased significantly in the past few decades.
Asian women lung cancer. The statistic is even more glaring when compared globally where it appears that asian female non smokers are more vulnerable to lung cancer than their western counterparts. Tsai discussed his family s battle with lung cancer as part of a panel discussion on the disease among asian americans. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of the straits times on january 15 2016 with the headline lung cancer can hit asian women who don t smoke.
Still asian women were shown to be more at risk then their male counterparts. Non smoking asian women are more at risk of lung cancer sarah khan tuesday june 26 2018 updated the thursday june 28 2018 for years men have always been more likely to get lung. A panel of oncologists shared their experiences treating asian american lung cancer patients.
Differences in the epidemiology of lung cancer between asians and non hispanic whites have brought to light the relative influences of genetic and environmental factors on lung cancer risk. Environmental factors include tobacco smoke active and environmental other indoor pollutions cooking oil vapours coal burning fungus spores diet and infections. She said women seem more vulnerable than men as 70 per cent of never smokers with lung cancer here are women.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death among asian americans. Asian women are more at risk dr ang added that women seem more vulnerable than men as 70 per cent of never smokers with lung cancer here are women. The pathogenesis of lung cancer is complex and is believed to be due to the interaction between environmental and genetic factors.
The statistic is even more glaring when compared globally where it appears that asian female non smokers are more vulnerable to lung cancer than their western counterparts. The phenomenon among chinese is that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death of asian women but nearly 90 of chinese women with lung cancer have never smoked said uc davis health professor moon chen a nationally known expert in cancer health disparities. Findings to lead to deeper understanding of lung cancer risk.
What s more we and other researchers have found second hand tobacco smoke exposure accounts for less than 15 of the lung cancers in never smokers. More than half of all asian american women with lung cancer in the united states do not smoke.