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Lung Passes Breast as Top Cancer Killer of Women

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries reports the UK’s Daily Mail.

The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer for men for decades.

‘We’re seeing the deaths now’ from lung cancer due to a rise in smoking by women three decades ago, said Lindsey Torre of the American Cancer Society.

The society released a report Wednesday, based on new numbers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.