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Recent lung cancer statistics from the American Lung Association have shown that in the last 38 years, lung cancer diagnoses for females have risen by double, while they have fallen 29% among males. Now Rutgers researchers are studying why this gender difference has occurred, with a $400,000 reward from the American Lung Association.

“This research will allow me to explore questions that are important to both lung cancer patients and the medical community, as our findings may help reduce lung cancer incidence and mortality,” says Dr. Goyal, who is an associate professor of radiation oncology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “If our work is able to show a potential difference between men and women in response to these types of tests, patients will have an opportunity to better understand the benefits and alternatives to medical imaging of the heart and will be better informed of their risk of developing lung cancer. I am grateful for this support from the American Lung Association.”

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