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Lung Cancer

Definition of lung cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. 

Estimated new cases and deaths from lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 224,210
  • Deaths: 159,260

See the booklet What You Need To Know About™ Lung Cancer to learn about lung cancer types, staging, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.

Screening and Testing

Information about methods of cancer detection including new imaging technologies, tumor markers, and biopsy procedures

Coping

Information about managing the physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatment

Research and Related Information

Includes NCI-supported research, funding opportunities, and special reports

Statistics

Information related to cancer incidence, mortality, and survival