Lung Cancer


  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.
  • In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths
    in women. 1
  • Approximately 373,489 Americans are living with lung cancer.2 During 2012, an estimated 226,160 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed, representing almost 14 percent of all cancer diagnoses.3
  • The rate of new lung cancer cases (incidence) over the past 33 years has dropped for men (22% decrease), while it has risen for women (106% increase).
  • 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.4
  • Exposure to radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for an estimated 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Should You be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Low Dose Computed Tomography Screening tests for the presence of cancer in an individual without display of symptoms. New and useful technologies are emerging and the American Lung Association has recently established screening guidelines to help you decide if this screening is right for you. View more here.

Support Network

Easily communicate with your friends, family and extended network about the care and support you need by utilizing our free community care coordinator. My Fighting For Air Community. People want to receive updates on your progress, procedures, health and healing while also providing support to you. Let them know when you might need a ride, or a meal, or a play date for the kids. Set up your site today!



1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures, 2012.
2. U.S. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute: SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1973-2008.
3. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures, 2012.
4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking. A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. 2004.