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Lung Cancer Statistics

Lung cancer statistics tell us that more people die from lung cancer than other types of cancer. Lung cancer statistics show that more death occurs from this type of cancer than prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer combined! This is very shocking.  These lung cancer statistics are for both females and males alike.

Male Lung Cancer Statistics
Lung cancer statistics tell us that lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Among men, age-adjusted lung cancer incidence rates range from about 14 out of 100,000 among Native Americans to a high of 117 out of 100,000 among blacks. Between these two extremes rates fall into two basic groups ranging from 42 to 53 for Koreans, Filipinos, Japanese, Hispanics and Chinese and from 71 to 89 for whites, Alaskan natives, Hawaiians and Vietnamese.

Female Lung Cancer Statistics
Lung cancer statistics tell us that lung cancer is the second most common cancer among women. Among women the numbers are much narrower, from a rate of about 15 out of 100,000 among Japanese to nearly 51 out of 100,000 among Alaskan natives. Rates for the rest of the female population fall roughly into two groups. The Koreans, Filipinos, Hispanics and Chinese women have a low rate of 16 to 25 while whites, Hawaiians, blacks and Vietnamese women have a rate of 31 to 44.

Cigarette Smoking
You cannot talk about lung cancer statistics without talking about cigarette smoking. Close to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men are caused by cigarette smoking. Nearly 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women are caused by cigarette smoking. In addition to lung cancer cigarette smoking can cause cancer to the pharynx, larynx, oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, bladder, cervix, pancreas and kidneys.

Cigarettes are packed full of cancer causing agents or carcinogens. These carcinogens damage important genes that control cell growth. This leads to cells that grow abnormally or cells that reproduce too fast.

After smokers learn about the lung cancer statistics many of them quit smoking. Many people try to quit smoking and fail. Nicotine is a tough addiction to quit and there is no doubt about it. Many people believe that quitting cigarettes is harder than trying to give up cocaine or even heroin. However, people who truly want to quit can and thousands of them do it every year.

Through the use of hypnosis, as well as the many quit smoking aids such as the nicotine patches, gums and lozenges, through support groups and plain old will power many people are laying down their cigarettes once and for all. We do know that once a person stops smoking that their lungs can start to repair themselves.

Education about lung cancer statistics is key to prompting people to quit smoking. People who are preparing to quit smoking should know what to expect. They should know which withdrawals to watch out for and be prepared to deal with them when they arise. Thought quitting smoking is hard it is much easier than becoming a number on the lung cancer statistics charts.

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