Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. For 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 228,190 new cases of lung cancer, with nearly 160,000 deaths from this disease. But more than 300,000 people in the U.S. are lung cancer survivors.
Risk factors include:
Age: Nearly two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.
Tobacco use: Nearly 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
Race/ethnicity: African-American men are 20 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than white men.
Environmental/occupational exposure: Exposure to second-hand smoke increases lung cancer risk by 20-30 percent in non-smokers. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
How can you reduce your risk for developing lung cancer?
If you smoke, quit. For information on the ACT Tobacco Cessation Program, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.