The war on Tobacco is paying off, according to a new analysis of lung cancer data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“These dramatic declines in the number of young adults with lung cancer show that tobacco prevention and control programs work – when they are applied,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H in an agency press release.
The study found the number of new lung cancer cases have decreased among American men and women from 2005 to 2009.
The numbers showed lung cancer incidence rates went down 2.6 percent per year among men which translates into a drop of 87 to 78 cases per 100,000 men.
A decrease of 1.1 percent per year was found among women, that calculates into a drop of 57 to 54 cases per 100,000 women.
The fastest drop was among adults aged 35 to 44 years, a decrease of 6.5 percent per year among men and 5.8 percent per year among women.
Lung cancer incidence rates decreased more rapidly among men than among women in all age groups.
The report also found among adults aged 35 to 44 years, men had slightly lower rates of lung cancer incidence than women.
“While it is encouraging that lung cancer incidence rates are dropping in the United States, one preventable cancer is one too many,” said Frieden. “Implementation of tobacco control strategies is needed to reduce smoking prevalence and the lung cancer it causes among men and women.”
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men and women in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Most lung cancers are attributable to cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer.
The new report is published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.