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Lung Cancer Statistics

How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths for both men and women throughout the world. The American Cancer Society estimated that 228,190 new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. were diagnosed and 159,480 deaths due to lung cancer occurred in 2013.

Lung cancer was not common prior to the 1930s, but increased dramatically over the following decades as tobacco smoking increased. In many developing countries, the incidence of lung cancer is beginning to fall because of education about the dangers of cigarette smoking and effective smoking cessation programs. Nevertheless, lung cancer remains the most common form of cancer in men worldwide and the fifth most common form of cancer in women.

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Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have been shown to improve survival for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Chemotherapy Chemotherapy improves the survival of patients with limited-stage disease (LD) or extensive-stage disease (ED), but it is curative in only a minority of patients.[1,2] Because patients with SCLC tend to develop distant metastases, localized forms of treatment, such as surgical resection or radiation therapy, rarely produce long-term survival.[3] With incorporation...

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Lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer in causing the most cancer-related deaths in women in the United States.

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 12, 2013
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