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Over the past 20 years, lung cancer has replaced breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women.

Chart showing breast and lung cancer death rates for women, 1981-2001

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program ( SEER*Stat Database: Mortality - All COD, Public-Use With State, Total U.S. (1969-2000), National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch, released April 2003. Underlying mortality data provided by NCHS (

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