Lung Cancer

According to Health Canada, in 2003 approximately 18,800 people were expected to die from lung cancer, and an estimated 21,100 new cases of lung cancer were anticipated to be diagnosed that year alone.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer in Canada. It represents an estimated 30% of the cancer deaths in males and 25% of the cancer deaths in females. More Canadian women will die of lung cancer (7,900) in 2003 than of breast cancer (5,300).

In 2003, an estimated 21,100 Canadians (12,200 men; 9,000 women) will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 18,800 (10,900 men and 7,900 women) will die of it.

One in18 women will develop lung cancer during her lifetime. One in 20 will die of it. One in 11 men will develop lung cancer during his lifetime. One in 12 will die of it.

Who is At Risk of  Developing Lung Cancer?

The person at greatest risk  of developing lung cancer is someone who

For this person the risk of lung cancer may be increased by as much as 15-30 times compared to a non-smoker. Starting smoking early makes it possible for a person to have smoked heavily for at least 20 years by the age of 35.

One in 10 seniors in Canada smokes. Because older adults are usually the longest smokers, they will show the highest cumulative effect of damage from smoking.


Health Canada.

Health Canada, (2002). Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation Among Seniors. Online at:

Lung Association of Canada

American Resources

Facts About Lung Cancer (American Lung Association/Hudson Valley)

Understanding Cancer of the Lung (CancerBACUP)

What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer (NCI's

National Center for Tobacco-Free Older Persons, (The Center for Social Gerontology). Online :

Other Breathing Disorders Resources

Lung Cancer Online

Canadian Lung Association

Sleep Apnea Handbook: Mentions alcohol 11 times!



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