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About Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Facts You Should Know

By understanding these surprising facts, we can work towards prevention, early detection, and improved treatment for lung cancer.

Other Facts About Lung Cancer You Should Know

Smoking is not the only cause of lung cancer.

Exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, radon, and asbestos are also risk factors for lung cancer.

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About 6 of 10 people newly diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or have quit smoking.

A smoking history or not...early diagnosis can change your odds. Know the sign and symptoms.

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Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer - responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

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Lung cancer kills 3X more women than breast cancer. It surpassed breast cancer in 1987.

Among women, the lifetime risk of dying from lung cancer is 1 in 21. The risk of dying from breast cancer (the second leading cancer killer of women) is 1 in 3,312.

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About 1 in 5 women diagnosed with lung cancer today are never-smokers.

Approximately 1 of 5 women diagnosed with lung cancer today are lifelong non-smokers (by contrast, only 1 in 12 men with lung cancer have never smoked)

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About every 9 minutes a woman dies of lung cancer in the U.S.

It’s estimated that about 59,910 American women will die of lung cancer in 2023 — that’s 164 women each day, or about 7 per hour.

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Lung Cancer Death Rate Trend ⇡102% Women ⇣ 29% Men over the past 39 years.

This trend emphasizes the need to address lung cancer in women and develop effective prevention and treatment strategies.

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Black Americans who have lung cancer were 19% less likely to receive surgical treatment compared to white Americans.

Know your options when diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Fewer than 1 in 7 lung cancer patients will be diagnosed in the earliest stage, when the disease is most treatable.

The early detection of lung cancer allows for patients to have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival.

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Lung Cancer Death Rate Trend ⇡102% Women ⇣ 29% Men over the past 39 years.

This trend emphasizes the need to address lung cancer in women and develop effective prevention and treatment strategies.

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If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the odds of surviving 5 years or more improves to over 60%.

Early detection through low-dose CT screening is the way to find out.

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Fewer than 1 in 7 lung cancer patients will be diagnosed in the earliest stage, when the disease is most treatable.

The early detection of lung cancer allows for patients to have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival.

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