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Lung Cancer Trends

Note: The word “significantly” below refers to statistical significance. 2011 is the latest year for which data are available.

Incidence Trends

From 2002 to 2011 in the United States, the incidence rate of lung cancer—

Men

  • Decreased significantly by 2.4% per year among men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.4% per year among white men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.9% per year among black men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.8% per year among Hispanic men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.0% per year among American Indian/Alaska Native men.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.6% per year among Asian/Pacific Islander men.

Women

  • Decreased significantly by 0.8% per year among women.
  • Decreased significantly by 0.8% per year among white women.
  • Decreased significantly by 0.6% per year among black women.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.4% per year among Hispanic women.
  • Remained level among American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Remained level among Asian/Pacific Islander women.

Mortality Trends

From 2002 to 2011 in the United States, the death rate from lung cancer—

Men

  • Decreased significantly by 2.6% per year among men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.5% per year among white men.
  • Decreased significantly by 3.4% per year among black men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.9% per year among Hispanic men.
  • Remained level among American Indian/Alaska Native men.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.9% per year among Asian/Pacific Islander men.

Women

  • Decreased significantly by 1.3% per year among women.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.1% per year among white women.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.3% per year among black women.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.4% per year among Hispanic women.
  • Decreased significantly by 1.5% among American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Remained level among Asian/Pacific Islander women.

Data source: Kohler, BA, Sherman RL, Howlader N, Jemal, A, Ryerson AB, Henry KA, Boscoe, FP, Cronin KA, Lake A, Noone, A-M, Henley, SJ, Eheman, CR, Anderson, RN, Penberthy, L. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975–2011, featuring incidence of breast cancer subtypes by race/ethnicity, poverty, and state. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015;107(6):djv048.

Note: Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

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