Considering how much cancer sucks, this is amazing news. Especially since lung cancer is the deadliest cancer of all.
CT Post reports that the latest LUNG FORCE State of Lung Cancer report revealed the good news. Because Connecticut’s health care continually ranks high in national studies, it definitely played a role here.
Doctors will diagnose 2,500 people with lung cancer this year. Sadly, 1,500 of them will ultimately perish from the disease. Connecticut’s cancer rate performed somewhat terribly. The study ranked CT 27th in incidence rates, saying 63.5 people out of 100,000 come down with the disease.
However, 23.8 percent of those cases will go on to survive for another five years, which is the 2nd highest rate in the nation. New York beat us by a fraction of a point, at 24 percent.
In addition, CT had the third highest early diagnosis rate with 21.8 percent of all new diagnosis being in the early stage. This is way higher than the national average, which is 18.9 percent.
Obviously the earlier doctors catch the disease, the better chances the patient has at survival. Since lung cancer rarely displays symptoms until it’s too late, that’s why it’s so tough to cure.
Only four percent of those diagnosed with stage 4 cancer survive.
Ruth Canovi, the Lung Association’s Director of Public Policy in Connecticut, already announced plans to boost the state’s score:
“Stronger state level policies limiting exposure to risk factors like unhealthy air, secondhand smoke, tobacco products and radon could help close the gap on the lung cancer incidence rate. We know what it takes to reduce the burden of lung cancer on Connecticut residents, and now it’s up to the State to act.”
Nationwide, 234,000 new cases will come in this year. Chances are, some of those people will have never smoked a cigarette in their life.
That’s because there’s other factors that boost your chances of developing the deadly cancer. Radon from homes is actually the leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon is a rare but naturally occurring radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks, and water. One in 15 homes find it in their homes.
Unfortunately, just like carbon monoxide, it’s odorless and tasteless. So, the only way to find out if you have it is to test for it.
Inhaling radon damages lung tissue over time because the particles eventually decay and release energy. That process can eventually lead to cancer. About 21,000 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon gas.
Click HERE to find out how to test your home.
Although some of the best lung cancer survival rates are in CT, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to prevention.