November is full of oncology awareness, with one of the most popular being Lung Cancer. It is the leading cancer killer in both Men and Women, which is around 25% of all cancer deaths.
Here are some quick facts about Lung Cancer:
- Approximately 541,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point in their lives.
- During 2018, an estimated 234,030 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed, representing about 13 percent of all cancer diagnoses.
- The majority of living lung cancer patients have been diagnosed within the last five years. Lung cancer is mostly a disease of the elderly.
- Smoking, a main cause of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, contributes to 80 percent and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and men, respectively. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Women are 13 times more likely, compared to never smokers
- The lung cancer five-year survival rate (18.6 percent) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as colorectal (64.5 percent), breast (89.6 percent) and prostate (98.2 percent).
- The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 56 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized (within the lungs). However, only 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage. For distant tumors (spread to other organs) the five-year survival rate is only 5 percent.
- More than half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.
Screening and Early Detection:
- Screening for individuals at high risk has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier stage when it is more likely to be curable.
- Early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can decrease lung cancer mortality by 14 to 20 percent among high-risk populations.
- If half of these high risk individuals were screened, over 12,000 lung cancer deaths could be prevented
If you have recently been diagnosed with Lung Cancer or know someone who is, call us here at Charleston Hematology and Onclogy Associates for more information on how to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. 843-577-6957
**What can you do to spread awareness? Wear the Pearl/white ribbon, share facts and information on social media, share a survivors story, and share new and exciting reserach about this disease.**
**Information taken from the American Lung Association.