American Lung Association releases data that examines Americans’ knowledge of lung cancer on World Lung Cancer Day
CHICAGO, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Survey data released today shows that only 40 percent of Americans are concerned about getting lung cancer and about one in five have spoken to their doctor about their risk of the disease, although that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States Today, on World Lung Cancer Day, the American Lung Association LUNG STRENGTH initiative released the 2022 Lung Health Barometer, a national survey that examines awareness, attitudes and beliefs about lung cancer.
“The burden of lung cancer on families, individuals and our health care system is far too great and awareness of the disease is too low. In fact, only 29% of Americans know that lung cancer is the leading cause. of cancer deaths in the U.S. This low is due in part to an undeserved stigma that has followed lung cancer for decades. The fact is, anyone can get lung cancer, and no one deserves it. “, said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “The good news is that the survival rate for lung cancer has increased dramatically and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. Greater awareness of lung cancer is key to securing funding for research , encourage lung cancer screening, reduce the stigma around this disease, save lives.”
The 2022 Lung Health Barometer surveyed 4,000 Americans nationwide about lung health and lung cancer. The main conclusions show that:
- Only about one in four respondents (26%) knew that the survival rate for lung cancer had increased by more than 30% over the past ten years.
- 73% of adults have not spoken with their doctor about their risk of lung cancer and only 40% fear contracting the disease.
- Only 29% of Americans know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer.
- Almost 70% of respondents were unaware of the availability of lung cancer screening for early detection of the disease.
Lung cancer screening is the key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives. Although awareness of screening is still low, significant work has been done recently to increase eligibility. Last year, the U.S. Task Force on Preventive Services expanded testing guidelines to include people ages 50 to 80 who have a 20-pack-year history of smoking and who currently smoke or have quit in the past. of the past 15 years. This nearly doubled the number of people eligible for testing and has the potential to save many more lives than previous guidelines. Learn more about lung cancer screening at Saved bytheScan.org.
This is the seventh year of the Lung Health Barometer, which is conducted by The Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative. LUNG FORCE unites people affected by lung cancer and their caregivers across the country to fight lung cancer together.
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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, awareness and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: defeating lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life of people with lung disease and their families; and creating a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1 -800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative for people affected by lung cancer and their caregivers across the country to unite against lung cancer. Increased lung cancer awareness, more education about life-saving screening, and more research funding are essential to fuel life-saving breakthroughs. Through education, advocacy and research, LUNG FORCE strives to bring hope to all those affected by the disease and to save more lives. Learn more about LUNGFORCE.org.
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