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Lung cancer report highlights lack of awareness, screening in Arizona

By Nicholas Gerbis
Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 5:35pm
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Lung cancer remains the deadliest cancer, and experts estimate more than 4,600 Arizonans will be diagnosed with it in 2022.

Yet awareness and screening rates remain low, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Lung Association.

The State of Lung Cancer report says only 2.2% of eligible Arizonans have been screened for lung cancer.

Eligible people include 50- to 80-year-olds, smokers and those who quit within the past 15 years. More information on eligibility is available via the association's Saved by the Scan tool.

Though the national five-year survival rate has risen from 21 to 25%, Arizona lags by a percentage point.

The state ranks 49th for lack of treatment, and occupies 40th place or worse for screening, early diagnosis, surgery and survival.

People of color with lung cancer face worse survival rates, are less likely to be diagnosed early or receive surgical treatment, and are more likely to receive no treatment.