Lung Cancer – Is It A Death Sentence?

This year alone, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that approximately 236,000 individuals will be diagnosed with lung cancer. This will end up killing approximately 132,000 of them. When diagnosing lung cancer, there are two categories that the diagnosis generally falls into, small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. The ACS reports that 13% of all cases are small cell lung cancer while 84% of them are non-small cell lung cancer. Men and women are diagnosed at almost similar rates with 1 in 15 and 1 in 17, respectively. This disease accounts for approximately 25% of all cancer deaths in the United States each year.