Lung Cancer Awareness

Breathe easier, live longer 

Quick – what’s the number one cancer killer in the United States? 

If you said breast cancer, you wouldn’t be alone. But you wouldn’t be right either.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in both men and women killing more people than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. This year, it is estimated more than 17,500 people in Florida will be diagnosed with lung cancer. And more than 12,000 will die from this disease this year.

There is hope – your chance of getting the disease can decrease once you make some lifestyle changes and quit smoking. “Early detection is extremely important in the treatment of lung cancer but only 16 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early stage,” said Jennifer Tseng, MD, medical oncology leader for UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health’s Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancer Department. “This may be because symptoms of lung cancer are often mistaken for less serious conditions, or may often take years to appear.”