Lung Cancer will claim the lives of 157,300 people in 2010 while another 225,520 will receive their diagnosis. In fact, more people will die of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. One in 13 men will develop lung cancer compared one in 16 women. Around 85% of lung cancer deaths are directly linked to smoking. If you smoke, it’s time to quit!
There are 2 main types of lung cancer:
- Non-small cell lung cancer or NSCLC consists of Squamous cell carcinoma (30%), Adenocarcinoma (40%), Large-cell carcinoma (15%)
- Small cell lung cancer or SCLC represents approximately 15% of all lung cancers
Here are a few fast facts about lung cancer:
- Causes: Smoking, secondhand smoke, radon, inhalation of asbestos and/or diesel, and more
- Treatment: Treatments vary based on type. NSCLC treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or targeted therapies. SCLC treatment options usually include chemotherapy combined with radiation therapy
- Survival: 5-year survival rate varies by type: SCLC (6%) versus NSCLC (17%). However, if the cancer is localized (15% of diagnoses), surgery combined with chemotherapy and radiation improve the 5-year survival rate to 53%.
- Deaths: 157,300 deaths are expected to occur in 2010
- Leading Charity: American Lung Association
- Awareness Ribbon: White
- Awareness Month: November
- More Stats: Start with American Cancer Society or their Facts & Figures