The American Cancer Society just released its annual Cancer Facts and Figures, and it included good news about lung cancer. More lung cancer is being detected early, and that’s contributing to the increasing survival rates for patients.
Overall cancer mortality rates have dropped steadily for nearly two decades, and a big part of that success is the progress in early detection and treatment options for lung cancer. Lung cancer deaths are declining faster than the overall trend. Cancer mortality in general dropped about 2% each year between 2015 and 2019, while lung cancer mortality dropped 5%.