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Lung Cancer Statistics 

Although the most preventable type of cancer, lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide; it is responsible for nearly 1.18 million deaths each year, with an estimate of more than 160.000 deaths in the U.S. Lung cancer is responsible for approximately 30% of the total mortality of cancer deaths. It is the first cause of cancer-related death in men and the second in women.  

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is estimated that 116,090 men and 103,350 women (219,440 men and women in total) were diagnosed with cancer of the lung and bronchus in 2009; 159,390 people died of the disease.

The incidence, however, varies with age. From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 71 years of age. The percentages and ages of people diagnosed were approximately:

  • 0.0% under age 20;  
  • 0.2% between 20 and 34;  
  • 1.8% between 35 and 44;  
  • 8.8% between 45 and 54;  
  • 21.0% between 55 and 64;  
  • 31.4% between 65 and 74;  
  • 29.1% between 75 and 84;  
  • 7.7% 85+ years of age. 

 

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