Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Incidence

Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common of all cancers of the lung. It is the most common cancer in men and one of the leading cancers in women.  Although non-small-cell lung cancer is more common in men, its incidence is increasing steadily among women in recent years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1991 to 2005, the incidence of lung cancer decreased 1.8% a year in men, and Increased to 0.5% a year in women living in the United States.

Lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) is a notorious Killer; it is responsible for more cancer deaths than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is estimated that 116,090 men and 103,350 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009; 159,390 people died of it.

The incidence of lung cancer, including non-small-cell lung cancer 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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