Lung Cancer: Survival Rates and Prognosis


Lorna Collier

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If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, you’re not alone. In 2018, it’s expected almost 234,030 Americans will receive this diagnosis (121,680 men and 112,350 women). Lung cancer remains one of the most common cancers in America.  

Unfortunately, lung cancer long-term survival rates remain frustratingly low compared with other cancers. However, there are reasons for hope. Here’s what you need to know. 

Lung cancer death rates are dropping.

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the United States–tops among men older than 40 and women over 60. About 83,550 men and 70,500 women (154,050 total) are expected to die from it in 2018.

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