Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/12/06 In the workplace, the sports arena and other facets of society, women have long pushed for equal footing with men. A medical study published today shows they are quickly gaining ground in an area that poses a major health risk. Women who smoke appear to be more susceptible to lung cancer than male smokers, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It’s estimated that this year, lung cancer will cause 73,020 deaths in women, proportionately only slightly lower than the estimated 90,470 deaths in men. And lung cancer accounts for more deaths among women than any other cancer — more than breast and colon cancer combined. Mahmoud Eltorky, a professor and director of the surgical pathology division at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said this latest study supports the notion that women’s cells may be more readily susceptible to tobacco carcinogens, due to their physiological and biochemical differences.