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Lung Cancer Statistics

Chart illustrating increase in yearly cases from 2010 to 2020.

In this video abstract, CDC’s Dr. Hannah Weir talks about her work to project trends in new cancer cases and deaths to the year 2020. The largest increases are expected in prostate, female breast, lung, and colorectal cancers.

More people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This is true for both men and women. For more information, visit Cancer Among Men and Cancer Among Women.

In 2012 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 210,828 people in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 111,395 men and 99,433 women.*†
  • 157,423 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 86,689 men and 70,734 women.*†

*Incidence counts cover about 99% of the U.S. population; death counts cover about 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution when comparing incidence and death counts.

†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2015.

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