In the US, Lung Cancer Kills More People Than Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, and Prostate Cancer Combined.
For the last few decades, survival for other cancers have significantly improved, and in just the last few years, screening and new treatments have finally started to improve survival rates for lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
- About 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed
- About 609,640 deaths from lung cancer
Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 14; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 17. Black men are about 20% more likely to develop lung cancer than white men. The rate is about 10% lower in black women than in white women.
Both black and white women have lower rates than men, but the gap is closing. The lung cancer rate has been dropping among men over the past few decades, but only for about the last decade in women.
At the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, our physicians work closely together as a team to provide all the clinical resources you need during your cancer treatment. Your health care team includes distinguished thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, pulmonologists and medical oncologists. The appropriate members of the lung cancer screening team or the Thoracic Tumor Board will review the CT scan and make recommendations.