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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Lung Cancer is the top cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Today, smoking causes nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths, while radon gas, pollution, and other chemicals play a smaller role. See a Visual Guide to Lung Cancer here:
About 90 percent of lung cancers are attributed directly or indirectly to the use of tobacco products. "Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds, many of which have been shown to be cancer-causing, or carcinogenic. The two primary carcinogens in tobacco smoke are chemicals known as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons." http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-causes
Your doctor may suspect lung cancer if a routine physical exam reveals:
See the BIG Picture at the Maps linked below
Examine Cancer Incidence Rates By State
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention Provides an Overview of All Cancers by State
The number of people who get cancer is called cancer incidence. In the United States, the rate of getting cancer varies from state to state.
In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which people developed or died from cancer in 2011, which is the most recent year with numbers available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 people who developed or died from cancer each year.
Cancer Incidence Rates by State (This information is quite interesting)
We invite you to click the link below to examine your state and more detailed stats:
Get the FACTS about Lung Cancer
Myth: If You've Smoked for Years, the Damage Is Done
Fact: It's never too late to stop smoking. Quitting has almost immediate benefits, including improved circulation and lung function. Risk of lung cancer begins to decline over time. Ten years after quitting, former smokers cut their risk of developing lung cancer by up to 50%.
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|Color on Map||Interval||States|
|Light green||373.8 to 435.8||Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming|
|Medium green||435.9 to 457.6||Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont|
|Medium blue||457.7 to 477.2||Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin|
|Dark blue||477.3 to 509.3||Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia|
|Light Gray||Data not available‡||Nevada|
*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
‡Rates are not shown if the state did not meet USCS publication criteria or if the state did not submit data to CDC.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality ... Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs.
Rates of dying from cancer also vary from state to state.
All Cancers Combined. More information available at the various links: