It may surprise many people to know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among every ethnic group in the United States. It causes 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths, and it claims more lives than breast, colon, prostate, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.
Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US. This year alone, approximately 200,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 180,000 people will die from the disease. On average, more than 430 people will die every day from lung cancer in the United States alone.
Though it is more easily treatable in the early stages, lung cancer is unfortunately most commonly diagnosed in later stages when it is difficult to treat. In the United States, only 16 to 20 percent of lung cancer is being diagnosed in its earliest and most curable stage. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Lung cancer is often detectable through tests at early stages, sometimes before any symptoms are present. If you are at risk for lung cancer, we urge you to talk with your doctor about your risk factors, screening options for you, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
Quitting smoking, or never starting to smoke, is the single best way to reduce your risk for lung cancer, other lung and throat diseases, and the many diseases and conditions caused by or related to smoking. If you smoke, we urge you learn more about how to successfully quit.
If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.