Newest Stats Show Lung Cancer Rates Dropping for Men, but Still Going Up for Women
April 13, 2007--Lung Cancer Alliance participated in
yesterday's "Stat Chat" at the National Cancer Institute, the annual
update on their collection of cancer incidence and mortality data which
now includes the actual figures for 2004.
While the overall number of people getting cancer is
going up, the rate - the percentage of the population being diagnosed
with any kind of cancer- appears to be dropping. The percentage of men
getting lung cancer continues to go down, but the picture is not as
clear for women where the rate may have stabilized after increasing
significantly over the past 20 years.
However, lung cancer remains the number one cancer
killer by far, still accounting for more deaths each year than the other
major cancers combined. The new numbers continue to show a decline in
lung cancer mortality rates among men, but the mortality rate for women
is still going up, although not as fast as it was before.
Brenda K. Edwards, PhD,
the director of the NCI statistical division known by its acronym SEER,
made a particular point of the lung cancer increases to the audience
that included NCI staff and representatives of professional
In answer to a question by Sheila Ross of LCA , Dr. Edwards said
that a detailed breakdown of all the figures on lung cancer by sex, race
and age at diagnosis was underway and should be completed this summer.
The full 2007 NCI SEER report will be available on April 15 at www.seer.cancer.gov.