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Rates of New Lung Cancer Cases

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Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in both men and women. Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.

Graph: Lung cancer incidence rates by gender, United States. per 100,000, 80.5% men, 54.5% women.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, and it is estimated that smoking is the principle cause of about 90% of lung cancer in men and almost 80% in women. Smoking also can contribute to cancer of the voicebox (larynx), mouth and throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, and stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia.

In the United States in 2007 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 109,643 men and 93,893 women were told they had lung cancer, and 88,329 men and 70,354 women died from it.

The graph shows how many people out of 100,000 got lung cancer in 2007; this is called the incidence rate.* The lung cancer incidence rates are grouped by race and ethnicity and gender.

Among men, black men were diagnosed with lung cancer most often, followed by white, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic men. Overall, 80.5 out of every 100,000 men were told they had lung cancer in 2007.

Among women, white women had the most new cases of lung cancer, followed by black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic women. Overall, 54.5 out of every 100,000 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007.


You can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer in several ways.

  • Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit now.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Have your home tested for radon and take corrective actions if high levels are found.
  • Avoid unnecessary medical tests that involve X-ray images of the chest.
  • Follow health and safety guidelines in the workplace and avoid exposures to substances known to cause lung cancer (such as asbestos, arsenic, chloromethyl ethers, chromium, nickel, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). If you feel your health has been affected by workplace conditions you can visit www.mesotheliomanews.com.

Chart: Lung cancer incidence rates by race, ethnicity, and gender, United States.

Data source:

U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2007 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2010. Available at:http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.


More Information

CDC helps support a national network of quitlines that makes free "quit smoking" support available by telephone to smokers anywhere in the United States. The toll-free number is 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669), or visit smokefree.gov.External Web Site Icon

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