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Diagnosis and Survival

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If You Have Lungs, You Can Get Lung Cancer
  • Over 221,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US.1
  • Lung cancer claims more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.1
  • Approximately 158,000 lives are lost annually.1
  • There is hope. As research funding grows, survival rates improve.

Current Five-Year Survival Rates for lung cancer

1 in 13 Men & 1 in 14 Women Will Develop Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Fact SheetThis information is also available in our Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.

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1 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2015. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015.
2 SEER Stat Fact Sheets. Surveillance Research Program, National Cancer Institute.
3 National Research Council. Health Effects of Exposure to Radon: BEIR VI. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1999.
4 Burns DM. Primary prevention, smoking, and smoking cessation: Implications for future trends in lung cancer prevention. Cancer, 2000. 89:2506–2509.
5 Thun, MJ, et al.  Lung Cancer Occurrence in Never-Smokers: An Analysis of 13 Cohorts and 22 Cancer Registry Studies.  PLOS Medicine, 2008. 5(9): e185
6 Satcher, D, Thompson, TG and Kaplan, JP.  Women and smoking: a report of the Surgeon General. Nicotine Tob Res, 2002. 4(1): 7-20.
7 Park, ER, et al. A snapshot of smokers after lung and colorectal cancer diagnosis.  Cancer, 2012. 118(12): 3153-3146.
8 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding for FY014: (accessed 1/15/15)
9 Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Funding for FY014: (accessed 1/15/15)


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