Lung Cancer is a Threat Across the Globe.
Lung cancer accounts for nearly 12 percent of all new cancer diagnoses globally. Approximately 1.8 million new cases each year.
Risk Factors: tobacco smoke, family history, radon exposure, asbestos exposure, occupational exposure to carcinogens
Primary Screening: Health insurance typically doesn't cover screening unless a patient is between 55-77 and has a 30+ year history of smoking 1 pack a day. Low-dose CT scan is the primary screening method: 93% accurate in identifying lung cancer, but has a high false positive rate of nearly 27%, leading to anxiety and unnecessary additional testing and expense.
Stage 1A and 1B: 45-49%
Stage 2A and 2B: 30-31%
Stage 3A and 3B: 5-14%
Stage 4: 1%