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Statistics of Lung Cancer

While the severity of a condition may be difficult to understand, statistics on lung cancer help patients understand the condition and how it affects others. With a full understanding of the disease, patients use the facts on lung cancer to help make critical decisions about his or her health.
These are some of the statistics that can help patients:
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
  • The American Cancer Society estimated more than 226,000 cases of lung cancer would be diagnosed in 2012.
  • Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 to 90% of all lung cancers.
  • Adenocarcinoma is the type of lung cancer most often diagnosed in patients who have never smoked.
  • Smoking causes about 80% of the lung cancer deaths.
  • Surgery is often part of the treatment for lung cancer in the early stages.
  • Stage I and II non-small cell lung cancer has the highest rate of survival.
  • Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer is almost never cured.
  • Only 6% of patients with small cell lung cancer will survive five years after diagnosis.

Locations for Lung Cancer