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Most Asian American women with lung cancer have never smoked

Why Asian American women who never smoked tend to get lung cancer has perplexed researchers for years. “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 Moon Chen, a nationally known expert in cancer health disparities at the University of California at Davis. “It’s an anomaly, it’s a mystery.”

Chen is one of three researchers awarded a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to study this disparity.

See “UC Davis Health researcher to study lung cancer in Asian American women” on the UC Davis website (February 26, 2020)

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