- Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the world – causing more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
- Every 30 seconds, someone around the world dies of lung cancer.
- Only 1 in every 15 people with lung cancer are alive 5 years after their diagnosis.
- Recent studies indicate that women are more susceptible to developing lung cancer than men.
- There is currently no approved screening for early detection of lung cancer.
- 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.
- One in five women and one in twelve men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.
- Lung cancer is the least funded of all major cancers.
- Only 16% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at their earliest and most curable stage.
Facts obtained from the National Cancer Institute, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, and Lung Cancer Alliance