Lung Cancer Statistics 2012

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Lung Cancer Statistics 2012


Most statistics for lung cancer include non-small and small cell lung carcinomas. Both types of lung cancer are considered as the most common cases of lung cancer in men and women. In men, prostate cancer is more common while for women it is breast cancer. lung cancer accounts for approximately 14% of all new cancer cases.

According the the estimated statistics provided by the American Cancer Society for lung cancer statistics 2012 in the US:


  • Approximately 226,160 new cases of lung carcinoma is diagnosed, 116,470 of which are men and 109,690 are women.
  • There is an estimated 160,340 deaths due to lung cancer, 87,750 of which are men and 72,590 are women. This accounts to about 28% of all deaths due to cancer.

As mentioned, lung cancer is considered as the most common cause of cancer death in both genders. Each year, more and more people die due to lung cancer than breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer combined. Experts believe that lung cancer mostly occur in older people and about 2 out of 3 individuals diagnosed with lung cancer are at the age of 65 years or older. Less than 2% of all lung cancer cases were said to be younger than 45 and the average age of diagnosis is 71 years old.

Overall, the chance of developing lung cancer in men is 1 in 13 and 1 in 16 in women. These includes smokers and nonsmokers. However, the risk is higher for those who actually smoke and lower for those who already quit smoking and those who never smoked. Black men, on the other hand, has a 40% higher risk of developing lung cancer compared to white men. The rate is the same for black and white women. However, according to statistics, lung cancer rate in men has dropped down for several years and the same goes for the cases of lung cancer in women.

The statistics for the survival rate of lung cancer depends on the stage or the extent of the disease when it is first diagnosed. Despite the serious prognosis of lung cancer, there are some people are who are still cured from the disease. An estimate of 350,000 people who are living today were diagnosed with the disease at some point of their lives but due to early diagnosis, they were cured and freed from lung cancer.


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