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Health Indicator Report of Lung Cancer Deaths

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Utah and the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 159,480 U.S. deaths will be due to lung cancer in 2013. Because symptoms often do not appear until the disease is advanced, early detection of this cancer is difficult. Cigarette smoking is the single most important risk factor for lung cancer. There are more than 80 carcinogens in cigarette smoke. Other risk factors include occupational or environmental exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos (particularly among smokers), certain metals (chromium, cadmium, arsenic), some organic chemicals, radiation, air pollution, and probably a medical history of tuberculosis. Genetic susceptibility plays a contributing role in the development of lung cancer, especially in those who develop the disease at a younger age.

Lung Cancer Deaths by Race, Utah, 2009-2013


Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population using 3 groups, 0-44, 45-64, and 65+. *Use caution in interpreting, rate for Pacific Islander; the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2013


The rate of death from lung cancer (ICD-10: C33-C34) per 100,000 persons.


The number of deaths due to lung cancer for a given time period (ICD-10: C33-C34).


The population of Utah or U.S. for a given time period.

Healthy People Objective C-2:

Reduce the lung cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 45.5 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: 19 deaths per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators CSTE Chronic Disease Indicators

How Are We Doing?

Utah's age-adjusted lung cancer mortality rate significantly decreased from 26.4 per 100,000 population in 2004 to 18.5 per 100,000 population in 2013. From 2009-2013 the lung cancer mortality rate ranged from a high of 35.0 per 100,000 in the Ben Lomond Small Area to a low of 8.4 per 100,000 population in the Bountiful Small Area (this excludes any Utah Small Area with incomplete data).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted lung cancer mortality rate in Utah is significantly less than the U.S. rate. For example, in 2011 (the most recent national data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the U.S. lung cancer mortality rate was 46.0 per 100,000 population whereas the Utah lung cancer mortality rate was 20.0 per 100,000 population.

What Is Being Done?

Since nearly 90% of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking, public health programs aim to reduce lung cancer by focusing on tobacco prevention and control. Utah's statewide Tobacco Prevention and Control Program coordinates efforts to accomplish the following four goals: prevent youth from starting to use tobacco, help tobacco users quit, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, and reduce tobacco-related disparities. In addition, the Utah Department of Health initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, testicular, prostate, skin, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and smoking cessation.

Available Services

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) provides technical expertise and coordination at state and community levels to prevent and reduce tobacco use in Utah. TPCP programs include statewide and community based services to help smokers quit, The TRUTH anti-tobacco marketing campaign, and youth tobacco prevention partnerships with local health departments, schools, and community agencies. Further efforts to reduce the negative health effects of tobacco use focus on strengthening tobacco-free policies and reducing youth access to tobacco products. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program monitors smoking prevalence among adult Utahns through the statewide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and among students through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Health Program Information

Free services that assist smokers with quitting include the Utah Tobacco Quit Line (1-888-567-TRUTH), a web-based cessation service (, and school- and community-based quit programs for teens, adults, and pregnant women.
Page Content Updated On 11/04/2014, Published on 12/02/2014
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