Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, claiming approximately 160,000 lives a year, is the deadliest form of cancer for both men and women. Only 14% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive five years after diagnosis.

The mortality rate is primarily due how quickly lung cancer can metastasize. Generally, the cancer has spread beyond the original site by the time it is detected. Like many lung cancer patients, by the time our dad was diagnosed, it had spread to his brain, bones, contralateral lung, adrenal glands, liver and kidneys. Once the cancer has taken over the body, it becomes a slow fight to the finish. The only way to increase the survival rate is through early detection.


  • More people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This is true for both men and women.
  • More people die from lung cancer than prostate, colon and breast cancers combined.
  • About 65% of lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers, most of whom quit decades ago.
  • Lung cancer accounts for 15% of new cancer diagnosis but 28% of cancer deaths.
  • Lung cancer does not receive as much attention, both in funding and public awareness, as breast, prostate and colon cancers.
  • Lung cancer will kill nearly twice as many woman as breast cancer and over three times as many men as prostate cancer.

Find more information on the SCCA website.

Sources: Lung Cancer AllianceCenter for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society