Lung Cancer Statistics

Lung cancer statistics and numbers. Lung cancer is a lethal disease. This type of cancer is more prevalent in men than in women, and it accounts for 87% of deaths in men and 70% in women. Somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million people are diagnosed worldwide with cancer. Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, approximately 1.3 million worldwide, every year. Scientists have been exploring a possible cure for lung cancer. Because by the time it’s diagnosed, it is in an advanced stage to be treated locally with surgery or radiation. 

Statistic data are based on large groups of the population. It does not take into consideration other existing diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and so on. Hence, data cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual once diagnosed with cancer. There are no two patients alike. Thus, treatment and responses to treatment can differ greatly. However, it is important to keep track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time. Those trends help researchers understand the progress they have made over time; What do they have to improve; How to address new challenges, such as better screening and treatments.   

Lung Cancer Statistics / Percent Cases by Stage

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Lung Cancer Statistics / 5 Years Relative Survival by Stage

Lung Cancer Statistics / New Cases by Age Group

Lung Cancer Statistics / Deaths by Age Group