November 21, 2022
Pennsylvania ranks in the middle of the pack for new cases of lung cancer, but has seen significant improvement in case rates and early diagnosis in recent years.
A new report from the American Lung Association examines recent trends in lung cancer and underscores the importance of screening to diagnose cancer before it advances to later stages.
The 2022 “State of Lung Cancer” report indicates that less than 6 percent of eligible Americans have been screened for lung cancer, and some states have screening rates as low as 1 percent. About 237,000 lung cancer cases are diagnosed annually.
“While lung cancer screening remains underutilized, our new report revealed continued progress for lung cancer survival,” said Harold Wimmer, national president and CEO for the American Lung Association. “The lung cancer five-year survival rate is now 25 percent and increased 21 percent from 2014 to 2018.”
Among the key takeaways for Pennsylvania:
HAP joins the American Lung Association to encourage everyone who is eligible for lung cancer screening to speak with their doctor about it. Learn more about the latest screening guidelines and find out if you are eligible.
The report and Pennsylvania data are available to review online.
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