What is the mortality associated with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in both men and women not only in the United States but also throughout the world. In 2021, the disease is expected to cause almost 132,000 deaths in the United States—more than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined. [6] The types of lung cancer in the United States, as well as in many other countries, have also changed in the past few decades: the frequency of adenocarcinoma has risen, and that of SCC has declined. (See Epidemiology.)


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