Lung Cancer Prevalence and Incidence
Prevalence is the number of people living with a disease, and incidence is the number of new cases over a time period. This page includes lung cancer prevalence by years since diagnosis and cancer site, and lung cancer incidence rates by gender, year, race/ethnicity, and state.
- In 2017, 558,250 people were alive who had ever been diagnosed with lung cancer.
- Most (55%) were diagnosed in the last 5 years.
- Despite accounting for 13% of new cases, lung cancer only accounts for 3% of patients ever diagnosed with cancer due to its low survival rate compared to other leading cancers.
- The rate of new cases (incidence) among women in 2016 ranged from a low of 21.3 per 100,000 population in Utah to 73.8 per 100,000 population in Kentucky.