Thursday, December 18, 2008

Women's health: lung cancer

The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that lung cancer will soon overtake breast cancer as the most common cause of death in Australian women. Women, it seems, are less likely to be affected by anti-smoking campaigns, and while the number of lung cancer diagnoses in men are falling, in the female population they're rising.
It's interesting to track the differences in lung cancer rates between the sexes over time, because while men have been puffing away for centuries, it wasn't until the 1960s and '70s and social taboos against women smoking were loosened. Cut to a few decades later and those women who, once liberated, were free to start lighting up, are paying the price. And no, the lesson here isn't that feminism kills. The lesson is that ignorance kills. Luckily, we now know exactly what causes lung cancer and luckily, feminism doesn't really have any other deadly side effects.
But wouldn't it be great if there were some deadly consequence for misogyny?

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