About Lung Cancer


Lung caner has been the third highest incidence of cancer diagnosed at PVHMC (after breast and prostate) for the past 10 years. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death. In 2008, there were an estimated 161,840 deaths from lung cancer.

Following are some facts about lung cancer?

  • Approximately 180,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year, with less than 12% of patients cured and nearly 85% of patient’s dead within five years.
  • The overall 5-year survival rate of 15% is low because the stage of lung cancer is often advanced at the time of diagnosis.
  • Lung cancer accounts for more deaths each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer combined.


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