Lung Cancer at a Glance Infographic

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Summary: Lung Cancer at a Glance

Lung Cancer Facts

  • Even non-smokers are at risk228,190 estimated new lung cancer cases in the U.S. in 2013
  • 159,480 estimated lunch cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2013
  • Women smokers are 13x more likely to develop lung cancer compared to never-smokers.
  • Men smokers are 23x more likely to develop lung cancer compared to never-smokers.
  • Even if you are a never-smoker, you may still develop lung cancer.
  • Smoking contributes to lung cancer in 80% of women & 90% of men

Risk Factors for Lung Cancer

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Prior radiation in the chest area
  • Other lung diseases
  • Genetics in a first degree relative
  • Environmental tobacco exposure
  • Asbestos, a toxic chemical
  • Radon, a radioactive gas found in soil


Secondhand Smoke

  • 3,400 lung cancer deaths each year among never-smokers
  • 20-30% greater chance of developing lung cancer from secondhand smoke as compared to someone with no secondhand smoke


Symptoms of Lung Cancer

  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing
  • Headache and swelling of face, arms or neck
  • Arm, shoulder or neck pain

These can be similar to other more common problems. Most people with lung cancer have more than one symptom. Consult with your health care provider if you are concerned about your symptoms.


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