In the year 2010, it is estimated that 157,300 people will die of lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for 28% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Fewer people die each year, reflecting trends in smoking habits among Americans. The primary cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking, other factors include secondhand smoke, asbestos, and genetic susceptibility.
The stats are changing all the time. This year so far, more than 150,000 people have dies from lung cancer. Last year, it was closer to 160,000 deaths. Lung cancer seems to have seen the greatest change in terms of number of deaths. If you look at the graphs in the links below, for both sexes, it is the one type of cancer that has grown gradually.
Each year, about 219,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer. About 85% of those diagnosed, or around 160,000 patients, die from the cancer within the first five years. This makes lung cancer one of the deadliest cancers in the United States, accounting for more than a quarter of the cancer-caused deaths each year. One of the reasons is that most people are diagnosed at a much later stage than many other cancers, often once it has already spead to other parts of the body. And despite its strong prevelance in society, there have been problems receiving funding for lung cancer in particular.
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