Lung Cancer

Source: WebMD, LLC. 2013

Lung cancer is the top cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. But this wasn’t always the case. Prior to the widespread use of mechanical cigarette rollers, lung cancer was rare. Today, smoking causes nearly nine out of 10 lung cancer deaths,  while radon gas, pollution, and other chemical exposures play a smaller role. Newly-developed drugs provide new hope for those diagnosed today.

Types of Lung Cancer

Survival rates for lung cancer can be misleading. The American Cancer Society’s latest data is based on people who were diagnosed between 1998 and 2000. Depending on the stage at diagnosis, a patient’s odds of living at least five years after diagnosis ranged from 1% to 49% for people with non-small cell lung cancer. But treatments have progressed over the past decade, so the outlook may be better for patients who are diagnosed today.