Lung cancer usually occurs in older people. The average age
of people who are diagnosed with
lung cancer is about 71.1
Studies do not show clearly whether men who smoke are at a higher risk for lung cancer than women who smoke. Among non-smokers, women are more likely to get lungcancer than men. But women also have better responses to treatment for lung cancer.2
Chemotherapy is being used in new ways to treat non-small cell lung cancer
(NCSLC). Until a few years ago, only patients with late-stage lung cancer
received chemotherapy to help prolong life. Now, chemotherapy is given at
earlier stages, in addition to other treatments, to slow the progression of
cancer and to help cure the disease.
“Chemotherapy has dramatically improved in the last decade,” says George R.
Simon, MD, FACP, FCCP, director of thoracic oncology Fox Chase Cancer Center in
For all people, including smokers and nonsmokers:1
Black men are more likely to develop lung cancer
than men of any other racial group.
White women and black women are
about equally likely to develop lung cancer.
If you live with a smoker, you
have a higher risk for lung cancer compared with a person who lives in
a nonsmoking environment.
American Cancer Society (2009). What are the key
statistics for lung cancer? Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer-Non-Small Cell. Available online:
Rivera MP (2009). Lung cancer in women: The difference in epidemiology, biology and treatment outcomes. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 3(6): 627-634.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
May 27, 2010
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May 27, 2010
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