Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, with the majority of its sufferers living in developed countries. Here are some lung cancer facts from the American Lung Association:
- Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
- Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 162,460 deaths from lung cancer will occur in the United States during 2006.
- Between 1979 and 2003 lung cancer deaths increased by 60 percent. The age-adjusted death rate for lung cancer in males was 74 percent greater than the rate seen in females. The age-adjusted death rate in the black population was 12 percent greater than the rate in the white population.
- Smoking is the most important cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is estimated that 90 percent lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Other causes include radon, asbestos and air pollution.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., so quitting smoking is the number one known way to help prevent lung cancer; however you should also make sure you’re breathing clean air at home, free from radon and air pollution. You can find out what’s in your home’s air.
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