Lung Cancer

Primary lung cancer starts in the cells of the lung.

The 2 main types of Lung Cancer are:

  • Non–small cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. It grows more slowly than small cell Lung Cancer.
  • Small cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) grows quickly and often spreads to distant parts of the body.

Each type of Lung Cancer behaves quite differently, so they are treated differently.

In males, the incidence rate of Lung Cancer began to level off in the mid-1980s and has since been declining (2.0% per year in recent years). Among females, the incidence rate for Lung Cancer is no longer increasing since 2006.

As of June 2017, there are an estimated 28,600 new Lung Cancer cases and an estimated 21,100 Lung Cancer deaths in Canada (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2017).

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What is lung cancer?

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Living well with lung cancer

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