Cancer Progress and Priorities: Lung Cancer.


In the United States, lung cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death. Though tobacco smoking is the major risk factor accounting for 80 to 90% of all lung cancer diagnoses, there are numerous other risk factors that have been identified as casually associated with lung cancer etiology. However, there are few causally-linked risk factors for lung cancer diagnosed among never smokers which, if considered a unique reportable category, is the 11<sup>th</sup> most common cancer and the 7<sup>th</sup> leading cause of cancer-related death. Lung cancer survival has only marginally improved over the last several decades, but the availability of screening and early detection by low-dose computer tomography and advances in targeted treatments and immunotherapy will likely decrease mortality rates and improve patient survival outcomes in the near future.

  • Cote ML
  • Schabath MB
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Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2019, 28 (10)