New Report Reveals Arizona Lags Behind Country in Lung Cancer Treatment and Screening

American Lung Association examines toll of lung cancer in Arizona, underscores urgent need for more high-risk people to be screened to increase survivorship.

Today, the American Lung Association in Arizona released its 2023 “State of Lung Cancer” report, which finds that the lung cancer screening the state is far too low at 1.3%. Working to improve screening is key to addressing the burden of lung cancer in Arizona. The 6th annual report, released today, highlights the toll of lung cancer in Arizona and examines key indicators including new cases, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment and screening rates.

The report also found that Arizona ranked 46th in the nation for lack of treatment and 41st for surgical intervention.  In Arizona, Asian or Pacific Islander individuals in Arizona are least likely to be diagnosed early. Nationally, the “State of Lung Cancer” report found that lung cancer survival rates are improving for everyone, including people of color. In fact, the five-year lung cancer survival rate for people of color has increased by 17% in the last two years, helping close the health disparity gap.

“Thankfully, in Arizona, the lung cancer survival rate has improved because of increased awareness, improved access to healthcare and cutting-edge research into new treatments for the disease,” said JoAnna Strother, Senior Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Arizona. “However, lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths here in Arizona and across the nation, and our recent report makes it clear that we have more work to do to increase screening and address health disparities.”

The report found that Arizona ranked:

  • 7 out of 48 in the nation for rate of new lung cancer cases at 41.96 per 100,000. The national rate is 54.6 per 100,000.
  • 23 out of 42 in the nation for survival at 25.8%. The national rate of people alive five years after a lung cancer diagnosis is 26.6%.
  • 28 out of 47 in the nation for early diagnosis at 26.5%. Nationally, only 26.6% of cases are diagnosed at an early stage when the survival rate is much higher.
  • 48 out of 51 in the nation for lung cancer screening at 1.3%. Lung cancer screening with annual low-dose CT scans for those at high risk can reduce the lung cancer death rate by up to 20%. Nationally, only 4.5% of those at high risk were screened.
  • 41 out of 47 in the nation for surgery at 16.3%. Lung cancer can often be treated with surgery if it is diagnosed at an early stage and has not spread. Nationally, 20.8% of cases underwent surgery.
  • 46 out of 47 in the nation for lack of treatment at 30.5%. Nationally, 20.6% of cases receive no treatment.

The 2023 “State of Lung Cancer” report highlights that Arizona must do more to reduce the burden of lung cancer and encourages everyone to help end lung cancer. Join the Lung Association’s efforts by asking your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 4286, the Increasing Access to Lung Cancer Screening Act at Lung.org/SOLC.

Get involved and help the mission of the American Lung Association. The LUNG FORCE Walk in Tempe is coming up on November 18, 2023. Learn more at action.lung.org.

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