Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Each day, the disease takes 350 lives — more than breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancers combined. Lung cancer also kills 2.5 times more people than colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in America¹.
Many people assume that lung cancer takes so many lives because it’s common. However, this is a misconception. When compared to very prevalent cancers, the number of lung cancer deaths is still disproportionately high.
So, why is lung cancer so deadly? We answer this question below.