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Indicator Report - Lung Cancer Incidence

Why Is This Important?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Utah and the U.S. In 2014 it is estimated that 159,260 U.S. deaths will be due to lung cancer. 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 Age-adjusted Incidence Rate by Year, Utah and U.S., 1980-2011

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population.

U.S. rates represent Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program data collected from nine cancer registries nationwide.

Data Sources

The cancer data was provided by the Utah Cancer Registry, which is funded by contract N01-PC-35141 from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program with additional support from the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2012.

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The rate of lung cancer incidence in Utah per 100,000 population.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of incidents of lung cancer among Utah residents for a given time period (ICD-10: C33-C34).
Denominator: The population of Utah or U.S. for a specific time period.

Page Content Updated On 08/25/2014, Published on 09/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:10:01 MDT