New Report finds Lung Cancer Survival Improved in the past 10 years

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The American Lung Association’s first “State of Lung Cancer” report shows that survival in the U.S. has improved by 26% over the past decade. Here’s more:

  • Overall trends: More than 228,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is now around 22%.
  • State-level trends: Utah has the lowest rates of the disease, while Kentucky has the highest. Five-year survival rates range from 26% in Connecticut to 17% in Alabama.
  • Diagnosis and treatment: Early-stage diagnosis was highest in Wyoming — at 23% — but around 17% in Alaska. Surgery, which makes lung cancer more curable, was the first course of treatment for 31% of Massachusetts patients, and for 14% of those in New Mexico.