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Bridget ConklinMitchell Walkowicz Microbiology 160 29 November 2014 An Overview Report: Lung CancerIncidence and Mortality in the United StatesIn the United States, the prevalence of lung cancer is accounted for by the 402,326 living Americans diagnosed with it; this goes for those who are currently living with it and those who have beat the cancer (lung.org). Analysts also expect approximately 224,210 new cases of lung cancer to arise in the United States as of 2014 (lung.org). This also means that about 116,000 men and 108,210 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014 (cancer.org). Accordingly, lung cancer is more common in men than women—and incidence statistics further extend upon such beliefs. In Kentucky, there are about 112 out of every 100,000 men diagnosed with lung cancer, while decreasingly there are about 79 per 100,000 women diagnosed with the cancer (lung.org). Kentucky actually has the highest rates of lung cancer out of all fifty states, whereas Utah has the lowest—In Utah, 35 out of 100,000 men are diagnosed with lung cancer, in comparison to the 25 out of 100,000 women diagnosed with it (lung.org). In respect to these statistics, one can also notice that lung cancer rates, along with smoking rates (lung.org), vary tremendously by state. Overall, thirteen percent of all new cancer-diagnoses in the United States will result in cases of lung cancer (cancer.org). Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than any other type of cancer (cancer.org). Along with this, the disease is responsible for more deaths than breast, colon, and pancreatic cancers combined—the three most common types of cancer following lung cancer
(lung.org). Twenty-seven percent of all cancer-related deaths are accounted for by lung cancer, as159,260 people are expected to die from it each year (cancer.org). In the current year of 2014, 86,930 men and 72,330 women are expected to die from lung cancer (cancer.org). At Risk PopulationCertain people are more likely to develop lung cancer than others. Lung cancer occurs more in the older population than any other age-related group—two out of every three diagnosedwith lung cancer are or are older than the age of sixty-five (cancer.org). Accordingly, the age of seventy is the average age one is diagnosed with lung cancer (cancer.org). Looking at the younger side of the lung cancer spectrum, the likelihood that one will contract lung cancer under the age of forty-five is less than two-percent (cancer.org). In terms of gender, men are more likely than women to develop lung cancer (lung.org). More men than women are diagnosed with lung cancer, and more men than women die from the disease each year (lung.org). In respect to this, the likelihood for a man to acquire lung cancer is one in thirteen, whereas the likelihood for women is one in sixteen (cancer.org).