Breathtaking numbers about women and lung cancer in Indiana
“Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in women,” says highly rated Dr. Nadeem Ikhlaque, director of the Lung Cancer Clinic, St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Smoking is by far the primary reason.
Indiana ranks among the top 10 states for women diagnosed with lung cancer, and Marion County women smokers are 13 times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than women in our area who don’t smoke. Ikhlaque says a spiral CT scan can detect lung damage in heavy smokers who appear healthy and that a cure in the early stages of the disease is possible.
Take a breath and inhale these lung cancer facts:
2,342 — The average number of women in Indiana diagnosed annually with lung and bronchus cancer.
52% — The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer cases detected when the disease is still localized.
$49-$99 — The price range local hospitals charge for a low-dose CT scan lung screening.
7 — Indiana’s ranking nationally for women who died from lung cancer in 2009, the most recent data available.
Source: American Cancer Society, CDC, Community Health Network, IU Health, National Cancer Institute, St. Francis Cancer Center