#12: African-American men have significantly higher incidence and mortality rates than white men with similar smoking history.
#11: Women who never smoked have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than men who never smoked. One in five women and one in 12 men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. Women with lung cancer who have never smoked outnumber their male counterparts three to one. And women of Asian descent are disproportionately diagnosed with a particular type of lung cancer known as bronchioloalveolar carcinoma which is often seen in never smokers.
#10: U.S. military veterans have higher lung cancer incidence rates and mortality rates than civilian population.
#9: One marijuana joint carries the carcinogens of a full pack of cigarettes.
#8: Researchers have discovered evidence of a possible inherited component for lung cancer.
#7: The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer is only 15 percent. 5-year survival rates for breast cancer are 88 percent, for prostate cancer 99 percent and for colon cancer 64 percent.
#6: While early lung cancer diagnosis and management protocols exist, they have not been embraced as the standard of care as they have for other major cancer with screening protocols such as mammogram, PSA and colonoscopy.
#5: Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in never smokers and the second cause of lung cancer in smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency predicts 21,000 Americans will die this year from radon-induced lung cancer. More Americans will die from radon-induced lung cancer this year than from home fires, drowning, home falls, drunk driving or AIDS.
#4: The majority of newly diagnosed patients do not smoke. Half are former smokers and between 15 percent and 20 percent never smoked.
#3: People diagnosed with lung cancer feel stigmatized whether or not they smoked. Researchers found that interaction with family, friends, and doctors was often affected as a result. The stigma contributed to patients concealing their illness and living with heightened fear and anxiety.
#2: Lung cancer is the least funded of all other major cancers. Lung cancer stigma has created a culture of disparity for lung cancer research. Federal agencies supporting medical research allocated $27,480 per death for breast cancer research, $14,336 per death for prostate cancer and $1,249 per lung cancer death.
#1: Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer. It kills more than breast, colon, prostate, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers—combined. Lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer.
 “Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma: A Review of Current Concepts and Evolving Issues,” Samuel A. Yousem, MD and Mary Beth Beasley, MD, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: Vol. 131, No. 7, pp. 1027-1032, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa and Department of Pathology, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore, 2007