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Lung Cancer Facts

New Jersey Lung Cancer Screening

After the connection between tobacco and lung cancer was discovered, most Americans became aware of the dangers of this disease. The idea that you or someone you love could have lung cancer can be scary, but you should take the time to learn the facts about this disease. Keep in mind that everyone has a different experience with cancer, and your best resource for information is a healthcare provider you trust who is familiar with your medical history.

Lung cancer facts:

  • Lung cancer is responsible for 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths.
  • It is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women.
  • Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer, but is not the only cause.
  • 60% of lung cancer patients have never smoked or quit smoking years ago.
  • Chances of surviving lung cancer increase when the disease is caught in the early stages.
  • With the introduction of low dose CT lung screenings, lung cancer deaths can decrease by up to 20% in the next five years, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • Radon accounts for roughly 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
  • Mesothelioma is a deadly form of lung cancer that is only known to be caused by exposure to asbestos.

Some of these facts are stressful when you first hear them. Remember that you cannot rely on statistics to tell you about your situation. Your lung cancer care plan will require considerate discussion with your care team and loved ones.

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