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Lung Cancer Statistics Age
The latest lung cancer statistics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that more men and women do in fact die from lung cancer every year than any other cancer. In fact if you combine breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer the number of deaths for lung cancer would still outnumber that combination.  The average age of a person getting lung cancer would be right around the age of 70 years old. The drop off of those 85 years and older statistically getting lung cancer is of course due to this age group already dying of natural or other causes by this age.  But what does this now mean for the younger and mid aged population?

Is Lung Cancer On The Decline?

There is good news, though. Thanks to a reduction in smoking, early detection and an increase in medical technology the percentage of people getting lung cancer has decreased while the statistics of lung cancer deaths have also decreased. In the United States lung cancer has decreased by around 1.8 percent between 1996 to 2005 while mortalities have decreased by about 1.9 percent per year during the same decade.

Lung cancer statistics by age show a much greater chance of contracting lung cancer for those who are elderly showing that they are the most vulnerable to lung cancer.

•    0.0 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer were under age 20
•    0.3 percent were between ages 20 and 34
•    2.1 percent were between ages 35 and 44
•    8.8 percent were between ages 45 and 54
•    21.1 percent were between ages 55 and 64
•    32.6 percent were between ages 65 and 74
•    28.2 percent were between ages 75 and 84
•    6.9 percent were 85 or more years of age.

One other group with a predisposition to lung cancer may not be so much of a surprise... smokers. However, there are recent studies, one done by members of the Icelandic Heart Association in particular, that show that smoking may be merely the trigger to a deeper vulnerability. Genealogical data in this Icelandic study suggests that the predisposition for lung cancer is hereditary. According to this study, even cousins of people who are struck with lung cancer will be at a noticeably higher risk to lung cancer than someone who has no lung cancer in their family. Exposure to environmental toxins such as pollution and cigarette smoke are triggers that activate this innate disposition. This theory seems to be especially notable when studying those contracting the disease before the age of 60 years of age, further giving the theory some validity.

Even more steam has been given to the hereditary vulnerablility to lung cancer since the Icelandic study. Just this April, 2009 cancer cell biologists at The University of Cincinnati have uncovered what they think is the specific gene that is responsible for the predisposition to lung cancer, RGS17. The identification of this “lung cancer gene” could help to identify high-risk people who could then go through more rigorous screening for the disease. Even more encouraging is that study of this gene could aid researchers in understanding lung cancer better and perhaps develop a preventative treatment some day.
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