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'State of Lung Cancer' 2019 Report Finds Nevada Ranks Last in the U.S. for Lung Cancer Screening

Second annual report from American Lung Association explores how states can act to save more lives, support patients and families facing lung cancer

(November 13, 2019) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada

For more information please contact:

Holly Harvey
[email protected]
(206) 512-3292

Only half a percent of people who qualify for lung cancer screening in Nevada are taking advantage of this lifesaving tool, making Nevada the bottom-ranked state in the nation for early detection lung cancer screening.

That information is from this year’s “State of Lung Cancer” report, which examines the toll of lung cancer throughout the nation and outlines steps every state can take to better protect its residents from lung cancer.

Part of the reason that lung cancer is so deadly is because most lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a later stage, after the disease has spread. Lung cancer screening is the key to early detection, when the disease is most curable, but only 21.5 percent of lung cancer cases nationally are diagnosed at an early stage. While this simple screening test has been available since 2015, only 0.5 percent of those eligible in Nevada have been screened. 

“Screening is a powerful tool to save lives,” said JoAnna Strother, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Nevada. “Yet we’re only seeing a fraction of those who qualify actually getting screened. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women in the nation, and there’s much to be done in Nevada to prevent the disease and support families affected by it.” 

The report also find that the nationwide five-year lung cancer survival rate of 21.7 percent, up from 17.2 percent a decade ago, reflects a 26 percent improvement over the past 10 years. An estimated 1,880 people in Nevada will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019. 

“While we celebrate that more Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer, we continue to advocate for more research funding which is critical to helping those with lung cancer,” said Strother. 

Learn more about "State of Lung Cancer" at For media interested in speaking with a medical expert about the "State of Lung Cancer" 2019 report or lung cancer survivor about their experience, contact Holly Harvey at [email protected] or 206-512-3292.


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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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