Anyone can get lung cancer
- One in 16 people in the US will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.1
- More than 238,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, with a new diagnosis every 2.2 minutes.1
- It is estimated that close to 65% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers.2
- About 12% of new lung cancer cases are among never-smokers.2
We need to get better at finding and treating lung cancer
- Lung cancer accounts for 12% of all new cancer diagnoses but 21% of all cancer deaths.1
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender, taking about 127,000 American lives each year.1
- More lives are lost to lung cancer than to colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined.1
- Lung cancer has been the leading cancer killer of women since 1987, killing almost 1.4 times as many women as breast cancer.1,3
- Only 25% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves dramatically.4
Lung cancer research needs investment that matches the impact of the disease
- Only 6% of federal government dollars spent on cancer research are spent on lung cancer research.5
- Cancer Facts & Figures 2023. American Cancer Society. Released January 2023. Accessed January 13, 2023.
- Siegal DA, et al. Proportion of never smokers among men and women with lung cancer in 7 US states. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Feb 1; 7(2): 302-304. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.6362.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. CDC WONDER On-line Database, compiled from Compressed Mortality File 1999-2014 Series 20 No. 2T, 2016.
- Cancer Statistics: NIH National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results. Updated April 19, 2023.
- Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC). National Institutes of Health. Table published May 16, 2022. Accessed January 13, 2023.