- Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in America.
- Cancer of the lungs takes more lives every year than the other three leading cancer killers combined (breast, colon, and prostate).
- Nearly 375,000 people in the U.S. are living with lung cancer.
- 81 percent of those living with lung cancer are over the age 60. The disease ails elderly the most severely.
- The survival rate of lung cancer is drastically less than other leading killers at 17 percent, compared to breast cancer with a survival rate of 90 percent and prostate with nearly 100 percent.
- Only 15 percent of lung cancers are caught at an early stage. When it has spread to other organs, the survival rate drops to 3.5 percent.
- More than half of those with lung cancer pass away within a year of diagnosis.
- Smoking is responsible for roughly 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer.
- Exposure to asbestos also puts one at risk for lung cancer. The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking seriously increases an individual's risk of developing it.
- African Americans are the most prone to developing lung cancer of all ethnic and racial groups.
- Though black women smoke fewer cigarettes than white women, their incidence rate of lung cancer is roughly equal.
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Sources: Lung