Lung Cancer Facts
Did you know?
- Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the world – causing more deaths than breast and prostate cancer put together.
- Every 30 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world dies of lung cancer.
- 40% of smokers who start smoking in their early teens and continue to smoke will not live to claim their pension.
- Only 1 in every 10 people with lung cancer are alive 5 years after diagnosis.
- Recent studies indicate that women are more susceptible to developing lung cancer than men. Women smokers are twice as likely to develop lung cancer than male smokers. Even among non-smokers, women are more at risk of developing lung cancer than men.
- Women also have a more difficult time overcoming nicotine addiction than men.
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Understanding Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a term used to describe a growth of abnormal cells inside the lung.
Types of Lung Cancer
There are a number of different types of lung cancer. The two most common are Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and Small cell lung cancer (SCLC).
Lung cancer treatment depends on the size, type and stage of the tumour and on your own personal health.
There have been encouraging advances made in recent years in the fight against lung cancer.
A diagnosis of lung cancer can affect your life in many different ways. GLCC has a number of factsheets that may be helpful.
Clinical trials are research studies that help evaluate new cancer treatments for both early stage and advanced lung cancer patients.
The Global e-Atlas is our interactive summary of global lung cancer rates, survival and treatment around the world.