May the FORCE Be With You!

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States.

Contrary to popular belief, smoking is not the only cause of lung cancer. In fact, more than half of lung cancer patients do not smoke. Exposure to environmental agents like radon and other chemicals can also result in a lung cancer diagnosis.

Although lung cancer cases appear to be decreasing in men, there has been a noticeable increase of lung cancer cases in women. Research shows the survival rates for lung cancer in either gender is very low. This is because many lung cancer cases are not detected until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage.

Simply put, early detection is the best detection.

Finding lung cancer and many other cancers early on increases the likelihood of survival. Therefore, it is important to adhere to the recommended clinical guidelines. Just like many other parts of the body, there are ways to screen for lung cancer. A CT scan is a great, non-invasive way to detect lung cancer. However, the best advice we can provide is to consult your physician regarding which screening tool is best for you.

In honor of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE campaign, we ask that you take the pledge for women’s lung health! Through this movement, the ALA aims to eradicate lung cancer by uniting women in this great fight.



  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC WONDER On-line Database, compiled from Compressed Mortality File 1999-2010 Series 20 No. 2P, 2013.
  • 2Ibid.
  • 3American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures, 2012.
  • 4U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1973-2010.
  • 5Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey Raw Data, 2011. Analysis performed by the American Lung Association Epidemiology and Statistics Unit using SPSS software.
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  • 7Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2013.
  • 8U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1973-2010.
  • 9Ibid
  • 10U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Lung Cancer: Recommendation. AHRQ Publication No. 13-05196-EF-3.