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Indicator Report - Lung Cancer Deaths

Why Is This Important?

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 Year, Utah and U.S., 1980-2013

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
U.S. data available through 2011.

Data Sources

Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2013. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Views


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

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of deaths due to lung cancer for a given time period (ICD-10: C33-C34).
Denominator: The population of Utah or U.S. for a given time period.

Page Content Updated On 11/04/2014, Published on 12/02/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:24:10 MST