Lung cancer is a men’s health issue majorly because of smoking or elder age; has been proved as an old misconception, the truth of Lung Cancer is that anyone can have Lung cancer. Smoking is a real top risk factor- so quitting smoking could be a major step towards reducing risk but it is not only single or major reason.
Screening for lung cancer with low dose CT scans prevented 20 percent of lung cancer deaths by timely screening. Many of the cases of non-smoker Lung cancer found every year from the 15 percent are in never smoker category or 60 percent were those who quit smoking many years ago.
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Although Lung cancer is the top cause of cancer death for both men and women, many people even do not realize this fact. Every year women die because of lung cancer cases more than breast cancer.
Following are the 30 facts about lung cancer:-
- Lung cancer is one of the leading causes for cancer death among both men and women, if we compare the data of cancer deaths because of colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, more people died because of only Lung Cancer.
- If data would not cover skin cancer data, second most common cancer in both men and women is Lung cancer, after that Prostate cancer is comparatively more common in men and breast cancer in women.
- Lung cancer pays 27 percent role of all cancer deaths and 13 percent in all new cancers.
- More than 4 lakh people have been diagnosed with lung cancer and they are living with it.
- It is observed that black men have 20 percent more tendency to develop lung cancer in the comparison of whites, surprisingly this rate is 10 percent down in black women comparatively white women.
- Lung cancer rate is dropping among men over the past two decades, but this down rate is just started in women.
The American Cancer society told about 224, 210 new cases of lung cancer and 159200 death in 2014, it is counted as 436 deaths in a day.
- A ratio of lifetime lung cancer risk for men is 1 in 13, 1 in 16 for women; all these numbers include smokers and non-smokers both.
- Smoking is counted as a leading risk factor for lung cancer, but it is not the only one, other causes are radon, asbestos, cancer-causing agents, air pollution, radiation therapy for lungs and family history of lung cancer are contributing and important factors.
- Respiratory disease as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or pneumonia may increase the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Low dose CT scans are only proven method for Lung cancer screening, this method is considered safe, effective and available for those who meet guidelines.
- On time screening can save lives, Lung cancer is treatable, even curable.
- People who have quit smoking within 15 years, currently smoke or you are 55 to 80 or have smoked a pack a day for 25-30 years or equivalent should take screening for Lung Cancer.
- According to Lung Cancer Alliance, 60 percent of newly diagnosed lung cancer patients have quit smoking many years ago or some strange cases also who never smoke.
- It has been seen that 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S never smoke.
- According to an analysis of American Cancer society that 24,000 deaths per year happen in non-smokers in the U.S. If Lung cancer is categorized as a separate disease, it would be the sixth leading cause of cancer death.
- On the basis of Lung Cancer Project, it has been noticed that three out of four people have a negative bias towards people living with Lung Cancer.
- There is 68 percent of people who have lung cancer but never receive cancer care.
- In a people poll, Lung cancer project found that 67 percent people polled Lung cancer with shame, 74 percent said it with stigma and 75 percent with hopelessness.
- Lung cancer patients who have diagnosed early are twice lived five or more years in the comparison of those patients who diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
- Advanced treatment techniques have improved lung cancer survival with accurate screening.
- Targeted therapies – is one of the most active areas in Lung cancer research.
- The National Lung Screening Trial found that Low Dose CT scans helped in high-risk cases, reduce 20 percent of Lung Cancer deaths.
- On the basis of National Cancer Institute (NCI) data, Lung cancer rates dropped about 12 percent in last three decades.
- In 40 percent of all lung cancer, Adenocarcinomas, are on the rise. They grow slowly and generally, found before they spread beyond the lungs.
- According to NCI data, if a person quits smoking by 30 he reduces the risk of smoking-related disease by 90 percent. quit at 50, reduces risk by 50 percent, quit at 60, increases life than smokers of your age.
- Physical activity may reduce the risk of lung cancer somehow by 25 percent or more, Exercise improves lung functions and reduces the risk of other diseases.
- Based on World Health Organization, air pollution is a big reason for cancer. 3 million deaths are considered because of air pollution and 2,50,000 because of Lung cancer.
- Two out of three patients diagnosed with Lung Cancer are 65 or older.
- Many people with Lung cancer do not notice any symptom until it reaches an advanced stage, only 15 percent of cases could be discovered when they were curable.
Lung cancer deaths and treatment scenario could be changed with the help of screening and supporting lung cancer research.