Lung cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people every year, with a low survival rate due to late detection. In fact, Lung Cancer takes more lives annually in the United States than the next three most common cancers combined. Only 19% of people diagnosed with lung cancer expect to survive for five years or more, but if caught early, chances of a 5-year survival rate improve dramatically.
Understanding your risk factors can help you take advantage of early detection options. Heavy smokers are high risk patients, but there are also several other factors that may increase your risk of Lung Cancer, such as family history, emphysema and COPD.