Missouri, Arkansas among highest lung cancer rates in the nation

Henrietta Brewer
November 15, 2019

The American Lung Association released its "State of Lung Cancer" data report, sharing statistics across the nation's 50 states on lung cancer survival rate, incidence rate, treatment options, screening rate, and more.

The American Lung Association released its annual "State of Lung Cancer" on Wednesday.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, although lung cancer incidence has decreased and survival rates have improved over the past 10 years.

"While we celebrate that more Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer, it remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, and much more must be done in Utah to prevent the disease and support families", said JoAnna Strother, advocacy director for the American Lung Association in Utah. "And every state can do more to defeat lung cancer, such as increasing the rate of screening among those at high risk".


Lung cancer screening can help improve early detection, yet only 4.2% of those qualified have been screened, the association said.

The screening checks will be carried out in mobile units in different locations in the town - such as supermarket auto parks - to make it more convenient for people to have a lung health check.

A low dose computerized tomography scan (known as CT) of the chest is one the simplest screening exams a person can have.

The report finds that the burden of lung cancer varies by state. The incident rate in New Jersey, though, is considered average - 56.6 new cases per 100,000 people. The lung health checks will not just identify cancers earlier, they can also pick up other heart and lung conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). "We're pushing for greater awareness of this test to save more lives here in OH".


Kentucky, though, ranks fourth-best in the country for lung cancer screenings at a rate of 10.3%.

35 in the nation (average) at 18.3%.

Lack of Treatment: There are multiple reasons why patients may not receive treatment.

To coincide with Lung Cancer Awareness month in November, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced a new lung health check service to reduce the number of people dying prematurely in the town from lung disease. "Yet we're only seeing a fraction of those who qualify actually getting screened".


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