More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. In the United States in 2009,* 205,974 people were diagnosed with lung cancer, and 158,081 people died from it.† CDC has a number of programs for preventing and controlling lung cancer.
*Latest year for which statistics are available. †Source: USCS.
Cancer Incidence and Death Rates Decline
This annual report finds decreases in rates for all cancers combined, but large state and regional differences in lung cancer trends.
Lung Cancer Statistics
Among both men and women in the United States, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer, accounting for more deaths than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined.
Surveillance for Cancers Associated with Tobacco Use, U.S., 1999–2004
This report estimates more than 2 million tobacco-related cancers were diagnosed from 1999–2004.
Smoking: The Number One Cause of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Smoking causes 80 to 90 percent of cases of lung cancer. Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
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