Lung Cancer Connection - Support, Education, Research, Hope


  • Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the world, accounting for 1.37 million deaths annually -- more than breast, colon, prostate, and liver cancers combined.
  • Every 30 seconds, someone around the world dies of lung cancer.
  • In 2014, about 225, 000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • An estimated 160, 000 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.
  • Despite being the USA's number one cancer killer for both men and women, lung cancer is the most under-funded and under-researched cancer, receiving the least amount of government research dollars each year compared to colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.
  • Only 16% of people with lung cancer are alive 5 years after their diagnosis, compared to 64% for colon cancer, 89% for breast cancer, and 99% for prostate cancer.
  • Only 15% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at their earliest and most curable stage.
  • To detect early lung cancer, annual, low-dose CT screenings are recommended for high risk individuals -- adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
  • Unlike mammograms for breast cancer or the PSA test for prostate cancer, there is no generally accepted, early-detection screening test for lung cancer in the average person (i.e. never smokers or nonsmokers).
  • Although smoking rates among African American women are lower than among Caucasian women, the incidence of lung cancer is the same.
  • Every year, lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer, and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.
  • Each year, more men are diagnosed with lung cancer, but more women are living with the disease. The rate of new cases in 2010 showed that men develop lung cancer more often than women (66.8 and 49.2 per 100,000 respectively).
  • One in five women and one in twelve men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. That means 20,000 to 30,000 never smokers are diagnosed with the disease each year.
  • More never-smokers die of lung cancer in America each year than do people battling leukemia, ovarian cancer, or AIDS.
  • Lung cancer is not a smokers' disease. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer!

Facts obtained from the National Cancer Institute, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Lung Cancer Alliance, and the American Lung Association.