How common is lung cancer?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing

New Study on Lung Cancer released September 2011:

Lung cancer rates decline. Nationwide report shows a continuing decline among men, and a promising decline among women.

The rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women, lung cancer incidence decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008, after increasing steadily for decades.

Researchers analyzed lung cancer data from CDC′s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute′s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. They estimated smoking behavior by state using the CDC′s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Study findings include:

  • Among men, lung cancer rates continued to decrease nationwide.
  • From 1999 to 2008 lung cancer rates among men decreased in 35 states and remained stable in nine states (change could not be assessed in six states and the District of Columbia).
  • States with the lowest lung cancer incidence among men were clustered in the West.
  • After increasing for years, lung cancer rates among women decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008.
  • Lung cancer rates decreased between 1999 and 2008 among women in California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
  • Lung cancer rates among women remained stable in 24 states, and increased slightly in 14 states (change could not be assessed in six states and the District of Columbia).

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0915_lung_cancer.html?s_cid=2011_p0915_lung_cancer.html

Vijay Nuthakki, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men (after prostate cancer) and women (after breast cancer). The average age at the time of diagnosis is 70. In 2007, there were 65.6 cases of lung cancer per 100,000 people. U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999-2007 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.
American Cancer Society
Administration
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.

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