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 2011 it is estimated that 156,940 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.
Data NotesAge-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 SourcesThe 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.
DefinitionThe rate of lung cancer incidence in Utah per 100,000 population.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 07/30/2012, Published on 07/31/2012