Michigan Continues to Rank Among Worst States for Diagnosis of Lung, According to New Report

Indigenous Peoples in Michigan are most likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer

The 2022 “State of Lung Cancer” report reveals that Michigan ranks 39th in the nation for early diagnosis of lung cancer. The American Lung Association’s 5th annual report, released today, highlights the toll of lung cancer in Michigan and examines key indicators including new cases, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment and screening rates.

The report also highlights that people of color who are diagnosed with lung cancer face worse outcomes compared to white Americans, including lower survival rate, less likely to be diagnosed early, less likely to receive surgical treatment and more likely to receive no treatment. In Michigan, Indigenous Peoples are most likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer.

“Lung cancer screening is key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives. Unfortunately, here in Michigan, not enough people are getting this lifesaving screening, including Indigenous Peoples,” said Ken Fletcher, Advocacy Director at the American Lung Association. “We all can help reduce the burden of lung cancer in Michigan. If you are eligible for lung cancer screening, we encourage you to speak with your doctor about it. If a loved one is eligible, please encourage them to get screened.”

Currently, 14.2 million Americans meet the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for screening. Under these guidelines, a person is eligible for lung cancer screening if they are between 50-80 years of age, have a 20 pack-year history (1 pack/day for 20 years, 2 packs/day for 10 years) and are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years. Find out if you are eligible for lung cancer screening at SavedByTheScan.org.

The report found that Michigan ranked:

  • 34th in the nation for rate of new lung cancer cases at 62.1 per 100,000. The national rate is 56.7 per 100,000.
  • 39th in the nation for early diagnosis at 24.1%. Nationally, only 25.8% of cases are diagnosed at an early stage when the survival rate is much higher.
  • 16th in the nation for lung cancer screening at 8.1%. 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 5.8% of those at high risk were screened.
  • 29th in the nation for surgery at 19.2%. 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.
  • 18th in the nation for lack of treatment at 18.5%. Nationally, 20.6% of cases receive no treatment.

“State of Lung Cancer” highlights that Michigan must do more to reduce the burden of lung cancer and encourages everyone to join the effort to end lung cancer. Learn more about the report, and email President Biden to thank him for his leadership on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative and urge him to work to increase lung cancer screening for individuals at high risk at Lung.org/solc.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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