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People Affected by Lung Cancer

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At Broadway Medical Respiratory & Home Care, one of the main services we provide is working with you or a loved one with their breathing. Just shy of 206,000 men and women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. Today, Broadway Medical will talk about how people are affected by lung cancer.

Lung Cancer

It’s a sad fact that more people, both men and women, in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Just over 110,000 of those were men and around 96,000 of those were women.

Certain states and parts of the country also have different rates of lung cancer. The highest numbers of lung cancer diagnosis are grouped in the lower, southeastern part of the United States. The leading states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. These states, with the addition of Alaska, also had the highest death rates from the disease.

The states with the lowest incidences of lung cancer are Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

We know that lung cancer affects both men and women, but what about different races and ethnicities in the United States? Among men, African-American men were more likely to die of lung cancer than any other group and by a large margin. White men followed in that category, followed by American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic men.

These numbers are different in women. Among women, white women were more likely to die of lung cancer than any other group. African-American women were next, followed by American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic women.

Broadway Medical is a full-service home medical equipment provider and carries a large selection of products and supplies for people living with or caring for people with lung cancer and other illnesses. From wheelchairs to ostomy products, see us first.