The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for lung cancer in the United States are for 2010:220,520 new cases of lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell)
157,300 deaths from lung cancer
Lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer is rare in people under the age of 45.
The average lifetime chance that a man will develop lung cancer is about one in thirteen. For a woman it is one in sixteen. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.