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Surviving Lung Cancer

Lung cancer amounts to almost 13% of all cancer diagnoses each year. Studies have found that black men are 20% more likely to develop lung cancer than white men, while black women are 10% less likely to be diagnosed with the disease than white women.

The survival rate for lung cancer depends on various factors, including the cancer subtype and its stage.

Lung cancer continues to cause more deaths in men and women all over the world than other cancers. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most prevalent, accounting for 84% of all diagnoses for lung cancer. Its five-year survival rate is 23%.

Patients whose non-small cell lung cancer is still localized have a five-year survival rate of 60%. But those with regional non-small cell lung cancer (cancer that has spread to nearby tissues) have a five-year survival rate of about 33%. For metastatic lung cancer cases, the survival rate is estimated to be 6%. However, these figures are always changing because of the breakthroughs in lung cancer therapies.

Over the past few years, scientists have discovered novel therapies that have seen thousands of lung cancer patients being cured. Some of those diagnosed with advanced forms of lung cancers have been able to live longer after diagnosis. This means that lung cancer can be treated at any stage, especially with novel treatments that have emerged. Now patients can live longer with an improved quality of life.

Following the awareness and sensitization campaigns, many people have stopped or reduced their smoking habits, which have impacted positively on the death rates from lung cancer over the past years. Statistics show that death rates have declined by a margin of 4% in men and 3% in women from 2012 to 2016.

Although they are just statistics, lung cancer survival statistics help patients to take precautionary measures against the disease and its risks. Doctors, on the other hand, use the information to educate their patients and brainstorm on better ways of curbing the disease through trials and new treatment options.

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