Lung Cancer Risk Factors & Prevention

Facts about Lung Cancer

  • Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women, with the exception of skin cancer
    • It is estimated that 7,250 new lung cancers will be diagnosed in Georgia alone in 2021
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined
  • 80% of people diagnosed with lung cancer will be a smoker
  • Survival rates for lung cancer have been only 12-15 percent
  • The disease causes no symptoms in its early stages
  • Detected in stage 1, lung cancer can usually be removed surgically without the need for chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy treatment
  • Almost 85 percent of lung cancer is discovered at a late stage after it has begun to spread

Lung Cancer Risk Factors:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to radon or asbestos
  • Personal family history

Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines:

  • Low dose CT scanning is recommended for those who are over age 50 and have a greater than 20 pack-year history of smoking