Women and Lung Cancer

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about women and lung cancer.

Do women more often get diagnosed with a different form of lung cancer than men?

There are some differences in the types of lung cancer diagnosed in women and men. The adenocarcinoma subtype of lung cancer is proportionally more common in women than men. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation is more prominent in women and non-smokers. It is possible that estrogen may drive the differences in subtype and molecular characteristics of lung cancer in women compared to men.

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Source: Jennifer Clune, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Consultants, Inc.

Jennifer Clune, MD

Jennifer Clune, MD

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