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What is Lung Cancer?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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Lung cancer is the U.S.’s top cancer killer, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year. It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity.

While colon, breast, and prostate cancer all have reliable early detection tests, lung cancer does not. Currently, only 16% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive five years post-diagnosis, a percentage significantly lower than that for each of these other cancers. And with early detection, there is hope.

•Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

•Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and kills more than breast, prostate, colorectal, leukemia, and melanoma cancers combined.

•Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer, and more than twice as many men as prostate cancer.

•About 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers.

•Lung cancer accounts for 14% of all new cancer diagnoses but 27% of all cancer deaths.

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