Lung cancer is the No. 1 killer of women and men with cancer in the United States. While this year’s “State of Lung Cancer” estimated that 6,070 New Jersey residents will be diagnosed with the disease in 2019, the state’s 25% survival rate after five years is among the best in the nation.
Still, there is room for improvement. According to the report from the American Lung Association, the incident rate for new cases is 56.6 per 100,000 people. Further, screening for lung cancer with annual low-dose CT scans is only 3% for those at high risk, one of the lowest in the country. Nationally, 4.2% of those who qualify were screened.
Lung cancer can often be treated with surgery if it is diagnosed at an early stage and has not spread. New Jersey ranks among the highest at 25.8% of lung cancer patients receiving surgery as part of the first course of treatment. Nationally, 20.6% of these cases underwent surgery.