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Lung cancer Key Stats

Lung Stats DoughnutKey messages on incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for lung cancer are given here. Also discussed is smoking.

More comprehensive information and statistics for lung cancer is here: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and smoking.

The latest statistics available for lung cancer are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012, and survival 2010-2011. Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

 

How common is lung cancer?

Read more in-depth lung cancer incidence statistics.

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section updated 29/05/14

 

How many people die from lung cancer?

Read more in-depth lung cancer mortality statistics.

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section updated 13/08/14

 

How many people survive lung cancer?

  • Survival for lung cancer is the second lowest out of 20 common cancers in England and Wales.
  • Unlike the majority of cancers, survival for lung cancer has not shown much improvement since the early 1970s.
  • Around a third of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive the disease for at least one year after diagnosis.
  • Overall, 5% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive the disease for at least ten years after diagnosis.
  • Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival outcomes of any cancer because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage when curative treatment is not possible.
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, around 73% of patients with non small cell lung cancer and around 56% of patients with small cell lung cancer will survive their disease for at least one year after diagnosis.

Read more in-depth lung cancer survival statistics.

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What causes lung cancer?

  • A person’s risk of developing lung cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • Smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for lung cancer, linked to an estimated 86% of lung cancer cases in the UK.
  • An estimated 89% of lung cancers in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including smoking, certain occupational exposures (13%), and ionising radiation (5%).
  • Environmental tobacco smoke, ionising radiation, air pollution, and diesel engine exhaust cause lung cancer.
  • A diet high in fruit and vegetables may protect against lung cancer – insufficient fruit and vegetables intake is linked to an estimated 9% of lung cancer cases in the UK.

Read more in-depth lung cancer risk factors.

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Lung cancer statistics table

LUNG CANCER STATISTICS Males Females Persons Country Year3
Number of new cases per year 23,770 19,693 43,463 UK 2011
Incidence rate per 100,000 population1 58.2 40.8 48.5
Number of deaths per year 19,304 16,067 35,371 UK 2012
Mortality rate per 100,000 population1 45.5 31.4 37.6
One-year net survival2 30.4% 35.1% 32.1% England & Wales 2010-2011
Five-year net survival2 8.4% 11.6% 9.5% 2010-2011
(predicted)
Ten-year net survival2 4.0% 6.5% 4.9%

1. European age-standardised    2. Adults diagnosed    3. Latest statistics available

More detailed lung cancer statistics can be found using these links: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors and smoking.

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Updated: 4 December 2014