More Americans are surviving lung cancer than 10 years ago, study finds

More Americans are surviving lung cancer than 10 years ago, study finds


Encouraging statistics about lung cancer in America have emerged in a new study.  The survival rate of United States patients five years after they were diagnosed has experienced a significant increase over the past decade, according to the American Lung Association’s new “The State of Lung Cancer” report, which came out Wednesday Advertisement  Currently, the survival rate five years after diagnosis stands at 21 7%, up from the 17.2% it was 10 years ago.  Meanwhile, the number of new cases of lung cancer in the United States has gone down by 19% in that same stretch  The American Lung Association writes that “more Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer ”  “While the disease remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among both women and men, over the past 10 years the survival rate has dramatically increased,” the health organization said The state with the highest five-year survival rate among lung cancer cases is Connecticut at 26 4%. Alabama is lowest at 16.8%.  “Lung cancer has one of the lowest five-year survival rates among leading cancers because it is often not caught at an early stage when it is more likely to be curable,” said the organization, which is based in Chicago  Lung cancer is responsible for about one out of every four cancer deaths in America

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