“When we think about lung cancer, we usually think of it being associated with people who smoke,” says Russell K. Hales, M.D. “But, in fact, non-smoking associated lung cancer is common as well”. In fact, if non-smoking associated lung cancer were its own category, it would rank in the top ten for cancer related death in the United States. Lung cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in the United States, and over 220,000 new cases were anticipated to have been diagnosed in 2011 alone.”
Hales is a radiation oncologist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus, a lung cancer center of excellence. He warns that lung cancer is an aggressive disease, with more than 157,000 people in the United States dying from it in 2011. And while cases of lung cancer are decreasing over time, that decrease is linked to the drop in smoking in the U.S. in recent years.
“But when we compare lung cancer to other types of-of cancer, such as prostate cancer and colon cancer, lung cancer is still three times more likely to cause death than other common cancers,” Hales notes. In order to see better outcomes, he says, great innovations in lung cancer research will be needed.
Find out more from Dr. Hales about lung cancer, treatments for it, and innovative new research to help lung cancer patients in the free webinar, Lung Cancer: Serious Treatment for a Serious Cancer.