Standard screening test: NONE

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both sexes.
  • In males, the incidence of lung cancer began to level off in the mid-1980s and has since been declining (almost 2.0% per year in recent years). Among females, the rate is no longer increasing since 2006. The incidence remains higher among males (58 per 100,000) than females (48 per 100,000), although rates among younger adults appear to be converging.
  • The differences in lung cancer incidence among males and females reflect past differences in tobacco use.

Additional facts & information:

5 Year Survival – Small Cell

  • Stage 0 – no data
  • Stages 1&2 – 28%
  • Stage 3 – 15%
  • Stage 4 – 3%

5 Year Survival – Non-Small Cell

  • Stage 0 – no data
  • Stages 1&2 – 60%
  • Stage 3 – 31%
  • Stage 4 – 5%

About 94% of small cell cases and 79% of non-small cell cases are diagnosed late, at stage 3 or stage 4.