Facts About Lung Cancer

  • Over 450 people die each day of lung cancer in the U.S. – that is 19 people an hour.
  • Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer. Lung Cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined.
  • In 1971, the National Cancer Act declared the War on Cancer. At that time, the overall 5-year survival rate for lung cancer was 13.6%. In 2008, the estimated 5-year survival rate was 15%.
  • Despite being the #1 cancer killer, the NIH only spent $281m on lung cancer in 2010 compared to $1.349billion on breast, prostate, colon, melanoma, and kidney cancers. (NCI Office of Budget and Finance)