Lung Cancer Key Statistics

Typically, lung cancer statistics includes both non-small cell and small cell lung cancers.

Lung cancer of both kinds falls second on the list of common cancers in both men and women, with skin cancer excluded. Prostate cancer tops the list for men, with breast cancer taking the first spot for women. Some experts estimate lung cancer constitutes about 13% of all new cancer cases.

  • The American Cancer Society has put out figures for lung cancer in the US for the year 2015. These are:
  • There were around 221,200 new lung cancer cases reported. For men, the cases numbered 115, 610 with the ladies’ figure being 105, 590.
  • Deaths attributable to lung cancer numbered about 158,040. The male casualties were about 86,380, with the women’s figure falling around 71,660.
  • About 27% of all cancer deaths are caused by lung cancer. This makes the ailment the leading deadly cancer among both genders. Every year, more people die due to lung cancer than due to breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.
  • Most lung cancer patients are elderly. About two-thirds of the people diagnosed with this ailment are aged 64 or more. Less than 2% of all cases are reported for people below the age of 45. The average age at the time of discovery of the disease is around 70.
  • The chance that a man will be diagnosed with lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13. For ladies, the risk falls at about 1 in 16. These numbers include both non-smokers and smokers alike. The risk is, however, higher in a smoker, while their non-smoking counterparts stand at a lower risk.
  • Black males are around 20% more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer when compared to white men. This rate is about 10% higher in white women than in black women. Though ladies of both races have lower rates than men, the gap is rapidly reducing. Over the past two decades, the rate of lung cancer has been observed to decrease among men but has just recently started to recede in women.
  • Figures on survival among lung cancer patients vary, depending on the extent (stage) of cancer when diagnosed. The survival figures that are based on the stage of cancer are explored deeper in the section titled, “Non-small cell lung cancer survival rates according to stage.”

In spite of this damning revelation on lung cancer, there are people with early stage cancers who have recovered successfully. There are close to half a million people who’ve survived lung cancer in the country.

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Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Michael S. Porter
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