American Cancer Society Fact Sheet
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Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer death in our society.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. for both men and women, accounting for nearly one third of all cancer deaths.
- Since 1987, more women have died each year of lung cancer than from breast cancer.
- In 2007, it is estimated that more than 213,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 160,000 people will die from the disease.
- The chance that a man will develop lung cancer in a lifetime is 1 in 13. The chance that a woman will develop lung cancer is 1 in 16.
- Nearly 60% of those diagnosed with lung cancer die within one year of diagnosis, and 85% die within 5 years.
- Lung cancer will account for about 15% of all new cancer diagnoses.
- Smoking is associated with increased risk of at least 15 different types of cancer
- Cigarette smoking is by far the most important risk factor for lung cancer, accounting for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths and at least 30% of all cancer deaths.
- In 2005, more than 45 million U.S. adults were smokers.
- In 2005, 23 percent of U.S. high school students reported cigarette smoking.
- Each year 3,000 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke.
Facts courtesy of the American Cancer Society.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 27,050 men in the United States will die of prostate cancer in 2007. Prostate cancer accounts for about nine percent of cancer-related deaths in men.
Although the cause of prostate cancer isn't completely understood, researchers have found factors that increase the risk of getting it include age, race, and family history. Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is very rare before the age of 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. About two out of three prostate cancers are found in men over age 65.
Men at even higher risk (because they have several first-degree relatives who had prostate cancer at an early age) could begin testing at age 40. Depending on the results of this initial test, further testing might not be needed until age 45.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System offers prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests through the Direct Lab Access program. Walk-ins are always welcome Monday through Friday during business hours. Please call our lab at 882-7750 for more information on the PSA blood test. Both a PSA and digital rectal examination are recommended by the American Cancer Society for men beginning at age 50 unless risk factor indicate screenings at an earlier stage. Please consult your physician for more information on these screenings.