The Facts: Women and Lung Cancer
- Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in women.
- Lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined.
- Worldwide, over 400,000 women die of lung cancer each year.
- While lung cancer diagnoses have been steadily decreasing for men, they appear to be leveling off for women in recent years.
- Lung adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer found in women and men in the US.
- Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries, reflecting changing smoking patterns.
- While smoking represents the number one risk factor for developing lung cancer, up to 20 percent of women who are diagnosed with lung cancer may have never touched a cigarette.
- Non-smokers who develop lung cancer are more likely to be women than men.
- It is estimated that nearly 60,000 women die of lung cancer each year in the US.
- In 2017, an estimated 78,053 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the US alone.
- Lung cancer in women who have never smoked tends to occur in younger women and Asian women.
About the Blow a Kiss® campaign
- Read the campaign press release
- Share your photos! Using the hashtag #BlowaKiss, post a photo blowing a kiss to someone you love to help raise awareness about women and lung cancer. Your photo may be featured on the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's website, social media channels and in promotional materials.
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s women and lung cancer campaign has been supported in part by:
Anonymous; Astellas; Dianne Barker; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Leonor Coello; M. Carol Gardner; Dina Garland; Genentech; Missy Gothard; Christina Guthman; Katasha Harley; Lauren Hulkiwer; Jeweled Kisses by Jade; Kimberly Kravis; Amalia Dayan Lindemann; Adam Lindemann; Delia Naughton; Jennifer Mormile; Paragon Management Associates, Inc.; Nancy Sanford; Patricia Smith
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