Lung Cancer Facts

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Each year, over 170,000 Americans receive the devastating news of a lung cancer diagnosis. In fact, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Although lung cancer is commonly associated with smoking, it can actually be caused by a variety of factors, including asbestos exposure. While not all lung cancers can be attributed to this, one of the more common forms of asbestos cancer is in fact lung cancer.

Below is a series of lung cancer facts from the American Lung Association that are important to know if you or a loved one is at risk for this life-threatening disease.

  • More people die from lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. In fact, lung cancer is responsible for 1.3 million deaths annually worldwide.
  • Approximately 370,617 Americans are currently living with lung cancer.
  • The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking significantly increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Non-smoking asbestos workers are five times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers not exposed to asbestos.
  •  The age-adjusted death rate for lung cancer is higher for men than for women. Black men have a higher lung cancer death rate than white men.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer (15.6%) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as the breast, prostate and colon.
  • Over 50% of people with lung cancer die within one year of diagnosis.
  • It is estimated that approximately $9.6 billion is spent in the U.S. each year on the treatment of lung cancer. In fact, this represents over 13% of total cancer treatment expenditures.

The basic facts about lung cancer are staggering. However, it is important to note that what some call “mesothelioma lung cancer” likely refers to pleural mesothelioma, which is not technically a cancer of the lung but of the mesothelial lining (the membrane surrounding the lungs as well as other organs in the pleural cavity). Mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestosexposure, can be prevented in most cases.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another disease as a result of exposure to asbestos, a mesothelioma lawyer can help determine who is responsible for your injury. Call Sokolove Law today at 888-360-4215 to find out how you can get the compensation you need – and deserve.