Why Lung Cancer Deaths Are Lower in California

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Due to the early adoption of smoking-prevention and tobacco-control efforts in California, lung cancer mortality rates are 28 percent lower there than in the rest of the country, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla, California. As a result of these efforts, fewer Californians smoke and smokers are quitting at younger ages, when lung cancer risk is lower.

The researchers analyzed smoking behavior data from the National Health Interview Survey (1974-2014) and lung cancer data from the national Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program (1970-2013). The study involved more than 960, 000 people, about 10 percent of whom lived in California.

Lung cancer mortality rates declined from 108 per 100,000 in 1985 to 62.6 per 100,000 in 2013 in California -- 33 percent faster than the national average and the largest decline in U.S. lung cancer deaths ever observed.

Sourced from: Cancer Prevention Research