5 Facts About Lung Cancer
It’s hard to believe, but lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death amongst both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Here’s 5 facts about lung cancer you may (or may not) know.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US in both men and women. It takes more lives than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. An estimated 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.
Lung Cancer Causes
• Smoking (People who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes you've smoked)
• Exposure to radon
• Air pollution
• Second hand smoke
• Genetic susceptibility
• Radiation therapy
• Asbestos, cadmium, arsenic
• A cough that doesn’t go away or gets worse
• Coughing up blood
• Shortness of breath
• Exhaustion or weakness
• Back or chest pain
• Losing weight without trying
Lung Cancer isn’t just for Smokers!
• 18% – Never smoked
• 21% – Currently smoke
• 61% – Former smoker
20 – 25,000 people in the US get lung cancer each year, despite never smoking.
Those who have quit smoking remain at risk.
Race Against Time
Every three minutes someone in the US dies from lung cancer. Every two minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with lung cancer.
Source: US Preventative Task Force (USPSTF), American Cancer Society, Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic, American Lung Association