How many people get lung cancer?
- About 228,190 new cases of lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell)
- About 159,480 deaths from lung cancer
Lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer is rare in people under the age of 45.
The average lifetime chance that a man will develop lung cancer is about 1 in 13. For a woman it is about 1 in 16. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.
Last Medical Review: 02/23/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013