"State of Lung Cancer" 2020

Grant Boone
November 20, 2020

Black individuals are 28% less likely to be diagnosed early than their white counterparts, the report noted.

Arizona was in the bottom tier in three of six categories in a new American Lung Association report, which put the state dead-last for the number of patients who receive treatment after getting a diagnosis of lung cancer.

The survival rate for lung cancer in Wisconsin is now under 25%, and Wininsky says there is a good reason for that.

"We're seeing actually fewer cases of lung cancer", Strother said. Lung cancer screening is the key to catching lung cancer early when the disease is most curable, but only 22.9% of lung cancer cases nationally are diagnosed at an early stage.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 6,460 people in Pennsylvania will die of lung cancer in 2020.

"Lung cancer screening is a powerful tool to save lives", Costa said in the press release. "There are more patients being detected with multiple primary lung cancer". "The American Lung Association has long worked to bring lung cancer out of the shadows, and to fully uncover the toll of lung cancer and save more lives".

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But early diagnosis in New Jersey, as of now, is typically not the result of a true lung screening test, a CT scan that has been available since 2015. "Much more can and must be done in Pennsylvania to prevent the disease and support those who are facing the disease. We urge Pennsylvania to improve lung cancer screening rates, address its lung cancer data quality issues and lung health racial disparities to increase survival rates for all residents".

However, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are 21% less likely than White Pennsylvanians to be diagnosed early, according to the lung association.

Seilback said improvements in screening numbers, along with new treatments on the market, provide hope that the survival rate will continue to tick upward.

Latinos are 39 percent less likely to receive treatment at all.

Part of the reason that lung cancer is so deadly is because most cases are diagnosed at a later stage, after the disease has spread. It's also recommended for former heavy smokers who quit within the past 15 years.

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