It’s hard to believe, but lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
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10 important lung cancer facts
- Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not including skin cancer).
- Lung cancer accounts for about 14 percent of all new cancers.
- This year, 116,470 men and 109,690 women will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States.
- About 160,340 people will die from lung cancer in the United States this year.
- About two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.
- Fewer than 2 percent of all cases are found in people younger than 45.
- The chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13 and for a woman, 1 in 16.*
- African American men are about 40 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than Caucasian men. The rate is about the same in African American women and in Caucasian women.
- The lung cancer rate has been dropping among men for many years and is just beginning to drop in women after a long period of rising.
- Although lung cancer is a serious illness, some people are cured. More than 350,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point. With diagnosis, it’s important to seek support.
*these numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher.
— Source: The American Cancer Society