LCA calls for comprehensive plan of action to reduce lung cancer mortality

March 07, 2016

The NCI figures show that from 2003-2007 the death rate for lung cancer among men was reduced by 2.1% from the rate of the previous ten years and now stands at 68.8%. That is, for every 100,000 adult men in the U.S. population, 68.8 will die of lung cancer. The death rate among men for prostate cancer is 24.7 and for colon cancer 21.2.

For women, 40.6 of every 100,000 adult women will die of lung cancer, compared to 24.0 of breast cancer and 14.9 of colon cancer. The slight downward reduction in overall lung cancer death rates of 0.2% during the period 2003-07 from the previous ten years was not seen among American Indian and Alaskan Natives were there was a 1.2% increase.

As for incidence rates, the number of women being diagnosed with lung cancer for each 100,000 adult women in the population showed a slight downward trend overall, but the decrease was not uniform.  The rate for African American and Hispanic women dropped, but increased among white, Asian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Native Alaskan women.

Incidence rates for men - the number being diagnosed out of every 100,000 men in the population - are continuing to drop and now stand at 84.9 overall. But African American men still have a significantly higher rate of 87.5 - the highest of all ethnic populations and 23% higher than white males.

SOURCE Lung Cancer Alliance