Lung cancer facts

Hey guys it has been a long time since i posted, but today I will be looking at lung cancer facts.These are the facts;

                                                                    1. MORTALITY

1.Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

2.An estimated 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

3.The number of deaths caused by lung cancer peaked at 159,292 in 2005 and has since decreased by 2.3 percent to 155,610 in 2014.

4.The age-adjusted death rate for lung cancer is higher for men (51.7 per 100,000 persons) than for women (34.7 per 100,000 persons). It is similar for blacks (45.7 per 100,000 persons) and whites (45.4 per 100,000 persons) overall. However, black men have a far higher age-adjusted lung cancer death rate than white men, while black and white women have similar rates.

                                          2.PREVARENCE AND INCIDENCE

1.Approximately 415,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed  with lung cancer at some point in their lives.

2.During 2016, an estimated 224,390 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed, representing about 13 percent of all cancer diagnoses.

3.The majority of living lung cancer patients have been diagnosed within the last five years. Lung cancer is mostly a disease of the elderly. In 2013, 83 percent of those living with lung cancer were 60 years of age or older.

4.In 2013, Kentucky had the highest age-adjusted lung cancer incidence rates in both men (113.2 per 100,000) and women (78.3 per 100,000). Utah had the lowest age-adjusted cancer incidence rates in both men and women (30.0 per 100,000 and 22.9 per 100,000, respectively). 4 These state-specific rates were parallel to smoking prevalence rates.

5.Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.8 million new cases and 1.6 million deaths in 2012.

                              3.GENDER DIFFERENCES

1.More men are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, but more women live with the disease. The rate of new cases in 2013 showed that men develop lung cancer more often than women (60.7 and 47.7 per 100,000, respectively).

2.The rate of new lung cancer cases (incidence) over the past 39 years has dropped 32 percent for men while it has risen 94 % for women.In 1975, rates were low for women, but rising for both men and women. In 1984, the rate of new cases for men peaked (102.1 per 100,000) and then began declining. The rate of new cases for women increased further, did not peak until 1998 (52.9 per 100,000), and has now started to decline.


                                      4.SURVIVAL RATES

1.The lung cancer five-year survival rate (17.7 percent) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as the colon (64.4 percent), breast (89.7 percent) and prostate (98.9 percent).

2.More than half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.





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Hey Roba,

Interesting facts! It is always interesting to compare the statistics of mortality rates between men and woman; adults and children; people of different countries or ethnicities; and other differences! I noticed that most of your Statistics were regarding data from U.S statisticians but there were a couple that didn't specify. It is not a big deal but in the future if you could try to make sure that you specify what every stat is referring to that would help to validate your data! I'm looking forward to your next post!

Keep up the awesome research! 


Hey Roba!

I really enjoyed reading your research! I think for most people, they think of smokers when they think of lung cancer. However, maybe researching about other factors that can cause lung cancer will be interesting as well.

Here are some potential sources:

Good luck!

Great post Roba! I like how you split your research into different sections, to make it easier to read! You could possibly look into treatments and new technology being used today to tackle this specific cancer... Are there more options then just chemo therapy, and radiation? Here are 2 links that might help you look into this if you are interested!


Hey Roba,

Well done on this round of research! It was very organized and well laid-out, which made it exponentially easier to read. Consider looking into the technologies that we use to treat cancer nowadays and their effectiveness. You could also parallel this by doing a comparison with what treatments were used in the past. Here's a link to get you started if this interests you:

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