Number 1 cancer killer of men and women in the United States (more than breast, colon, and prostate combined)
=> The American Cancer Society’s 2014 estimates:About 224,210 new cases of lung cancer (116,000 in men and 108,210 in women)
An estimated 159,260 deaths from lung cancer (86,930 in men and 72,330 among women).
80-90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking; Secondhand smoke increases risk by 30%
Remainder of lung cancers attributed to air pollution, radiation, radon, and industrial exposure (e.g. asbestos, arsenic, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, silica, nickel)
Survival rate depends on type, extent of disease at diagnosis-avg diagnosis: is 70 years; 16% survival rate