Breathtaking numbers about women and lung cancer
More women die of lung cancer than any other type of cancer in the United States, says Dr. James Allen, a highly rated pulmonary physician at Ohio State University Medical Center. Smoking remains the primary cause.
“You can partially control your lung cancer destiny by not smoking,” Allen says, although 20 percent of women who die of lung cancer never smoke. If you smoke, quitting can be difficult, but experts say nicotine replacement may help.
To understand how lung cancer affects us, take a breath and inhale these facts:
65+ – Age people are most commonly diagnosed with lung cancer.
95,784 – The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, the most recent year data is available.
$12.5 billion – The approximate amount the U.S. health care system spends annually on lung cancer treatment.
52% – The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer cases detected when the disease is still localized.
Sources: American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention