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Everyday 422 Americans
die from lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Facts

Lung cancer is cancer that originates in the lungs but can metastasize to other organs in the body. Lung cancers falls into two major types: small cell lung cancer (SCLC, 13%) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC, 83%) [1]. SCLC spreads quickly and has poor prognosis. Once diagnosed, NSCLC is further categorized into four different stages. Early detection of NSCLC can greatly increase the survival rate of patients. Detection at Stage I or II allows for surgical intervention of the cancer tissues. According to NEMJ, if lung cancer is detected at Stage I and treated, the 10-year survival rate is 88-92% [2].

WORLDWIDE

1.8 Million
new cases

1.6 Million
deaths

UNITED STATES

​234,030
new cases

154,050
deaths

PROBABILITY

your chance of getting
 lung cancer is

1 in 15
for men

1 in 17
for women

EARLY DETECTION

Only
15%
are detected early
when survival is at
54%

Diagnostic Challenge

In the United States, only 15% of lung cancers is diagnosed at a localized level when surgical resection is beneficial, and the 5-year survival rate is at 54%. The biggest challenge is that we currently do not have a sensitive and specific diagnostic tool for detecting lung cancer at an early stage. Detection by serendipity often happens as most people have no symptoms early on. Furthermore, lung cancer may be overlooked or misdiagnosed when other lung diseases, such as COPD, bronchitis, pneumonia, or asthma, is present, as some of the symptoms overlap.

1. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2018/cancer-facts-and-figures-2018.pdf
2. Survival of Patients with Stage I Lung Cancer Detected on CT Screening. Authors: The International Early Lung Cancer Action Program Investigators. N Engl J Med 2006;355:1763-71

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