Lung cancer does not discriminate
You may have thought that lung cancer only afflicts those with a pack-a-day habit or those who have worked in a coal mine all their life. But the fact is, one in five people who die from lung cancer never smoked or used any form of tobacco.
Lung cancer afflicts men and women, smokers and non-smokers, and all ethnicities. In Nevada, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women.
According the American Lung Cancer Association, an estimated 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths. This translates to about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans every year.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month was developed to help more people understand this disease and the advances science has made in diagnosis and treatment.
Increased awareness can contribute to increases in funding for research, leading to even further improvements in treatment and better understanding of the disease.
If you’d like to learn more about lung cancer prevention, symptoms and treatments, visit our lung cancer page. If you’d like to read some uplifting survivor stories, visit this page put together by Lilly.
When lung cancer strikes
If you or someone you love is facing a diagnosis of lung cancer, consider getting your oncology care from Dr. Perez and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center. Call (775) 883-3336 to schedule an appointment at one of our four northern Nevada locations.