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Lung Cancer Fact Sheet

Below are facts and statistics on lung cancer, looking at trends in mortality, prevalence, gender and racial differences, survival rate and burden (i.e., impact of disease). To understand how lung cancer starts, different types, how it affects your body and other lung cancer basics, visit our Learn About Lung Cancer section.


Prevalence and Incidence

Gender Differences

Racial/Ethnic Differences

Survival Rates

Screening and Early Detection

Smoking-Attributable Lung Cancer

Other Causes

For more information, please review the Lung Cancer Morbidity and Mortality Trend Report or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).

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*Racial and ethnic minority terminology reflects those terms used by the Centers For Disease Control.

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 3, 2016.

    Page Last Updated: September 25, 2019

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