Lung Cancer Awareness Month
More people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. It is still the most common cause of cancer death.
Lung Cancer Information
In 2011, an estimated 221,130 new lung cancers were diagnosed in the United States.
Although lung cancers can occur at any age, studies show that they are most commonly diagnosed in persons age 65 or older.
General health, gender, race, continued smoking after diagnosis, and treatments used are all factors that affect lung cancer survival rates.
Lung cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. In 2012, more than 226,160 new cases are expected to be diagnosed and about 160,340 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer.
Common Misconceptions of Lung Cancer
- Only smokers get lung cancer
- More women die from breast cancer than from lung cancer
- Nothing can lower the risk of getting lung cancer
- Lung cancer rates are declining now that fewer people smoke
- Living in a polluted city is a greater risk than smoking
- It doesn't pay to quit smoking if you already have lung cancer
- Young people don't get lung cancer
- Older patients shouldn't treat lung cancer
- Surgery cancer is a death sentence
Learn more about the myths about the causes and treatment of lung cancer.