New Survey: Most Americans Don’t Know About Lifesaving Lung Cancer Screening

American Lung Association reveals new data; Highlights local activities for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Survey data released today show that only 36% of people know that lung cancer screening is available and 28% know that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men. Today, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative released the 2021 Lung Health Barometer, and highlights local activities in Orlando for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

“Here in Florida and across the nation, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer. It is estimated that in 2021, 18,470 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 10,940 will die from the disease,” said Janelle Hom, executive director for the Lung Association. “However, there is hope. The five-year survival rate has increased 33% in the past 10 years thanks to advancements in treatment, research and lifesaving lung cancer screening.”

The 2021 Lung Health Barometer surveyed 4,000 Americans nationwide about lung health and lung cancer. Some key findings show that:

  • 29% of Americans know that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men, which is an 8% increase from the 2020 Lung Health Barometer.
  • Only 10% of adults understand that lung cancer is among the most likely cancers to affect women while 35% know that it is among those cancers most likely to affect men.
  • Only 36% of respondents know that lung cancer screening is now available for early detection of the disease for those who are high risk.

See more Lung Health Barometer survey results here.

Throughout Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Lung Association will be sharing new resources, the State of Lung Cancer Report (November 16), inspiring patient stories and lifesaving lung cancer screening information. Here in Orlando, the organization is hosting several activities.

On November 10, the Lung Association will host Lip Sync for Lungs Battle IV where local celebrities will lip sync for the title of battle champion. Celebrities include Heather Hurry, Marketing Director of Pillar to Post, Dr. Rick Ramnath and the NSI Alveoli of Neuroskeletal Imaging, renowned drag performer Lacie Browning, and the Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association. Celebrity judges include Steve Gunter from the Taproom at Dubsdread, Chelsea Whalley of J Donovan Financial, and Jordan Ostroff of Jordan Law. Tickets and donation options are available at

In addition, Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary will run a Turquoise Takeover campaign from November 12-21. Participating retailers are creating unique LUNG FORCE activations including turquoise drinks, give backs, and other specials. Any donations made toward the campaign provide entry into the Tour of Colonial TownPark gift basket drawing on November 22, containing $500 of merchandise and gift cards from participating businesses.

Through the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Patient Meetup on the Go program, the organization is offering several webinars and plans to share recordings of the webinars in November. Learn more at

This is the sixth year of the Lung Health Barometer, which is conducted by the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative. LUNG FORCE unites the nation to stand together for lung health and against lung cancer.

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
[email protected]

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