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The Scoop On Smoking from ACSH: what every teen should know about tobacco


lung cancer

the bottom line

Many years ago, before the invention of cigarettes, lung cancer was a rare disease. Today, though, over 140,000 American smokers die of lung cancer each year. That's about one-fourth of the total smoking-related deaths.

just the facts

  • About 85% of people who get lung cancer die of it within five years; more than half die within one year.
  • about 13% of all cases of cancer are lung cancer, and this type of cancer accounts for about 28% of all cancer deaths.
  • Smoking causes about 87% of all cases of lung cancer. Smokers are five to 10 times as likely as nonsmokers to get this type of cancer and at least 12 times as likely to die of it.
  • Each year, more than 115,000 American smokers die of lung cancer. That's about one-fourth of the total smoking-related deaths. (1)

Sources
1. Jemal A, Thomas A, Murray T, Thun M. Cancer statistics, 2002. CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2002;52:23-47.

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