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Lung cancer statistics...the ugly truth
Perhaps the most shocking of all lung cancer statistics is that close
to nine out of ten cases of lung cancer would never have developed - if
the patient had never smoked. The actual figure is 87% - that's the
percentage of lung cancer cases directly attributable to tobacco usage.
And out of those 473 people who are diagnosed with the disease every day, 237 will die before they reach the five year mark. That's another one of the shocking lung cancer statistics.
On the positive side, the incidence of lung cancer among men has dropped sharply throughout the 1990s. The disease incidence among women continued to rise till 1998 and leveled off after that. It is likely that incidence among women will also drop in the years to come.
There is intensive research going on to discover ways and means to both prevent and cure lung cancer. Western medicine is becoming more open to holistic approaches to lung cancer treatment. Doctors are even willing to admit that a patient's mental attitude and thought patterns may have a role to play in enhancing survival rates. With all these efforts and changes, it is quite possible that lung cancer statistics will paint a more favorable picture in the coming years and decades.
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