By the numbers: Lung cancer

Archive, Month, November

The most common form of cancer, early detection is key.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Already one of the most common forms of cancer, lung cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death.

Early detection is key. If caught early — before the cancer has spread — the five-year survival rate increases three-fold.

Unfortunately, only 16 percent of lung cancer cases are detected in this early stage.

Could you or a loved one benefit from a low-dose CT lung screening, the only way to catch lung cancer early and before symptoms begin to show.


Estimated new lung cancer cases in the United State in 2021


Estimated lung cancer deaths in the United State in 2021


Percentage of lung cancer cases among all new cancer cases

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Lung cancer deaths among all cancer-related deaths


Average five-year survival rate, the lowest among all forms of cancer


Five-year survival rate if lung cancer is caught early, still localized to the lungs


Percentage of lung cancer cases caught early


Percentage of lung cancer cases caused by smoking


Yearly decline in rate of new lung cancer cases