Fast Five Quiz: Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

Daniel S. Schwartz, MD, MBA


February 03, 2021

Figure 1. Colored x-ray, non–small cell lung cancer.

The probability of developing lung cancer is very low through age 39 years. It then begins to gradually rise, and the incidence of lung cancer peaks among individuals 70 years and older.

Most Western countries have encountered a troubling trend of increasing prevalence of lung cancer in women and younger patients. In Eastern and Southern European countries, the overall incidence of lung cancer has been quickly increasing.

Women tend to have a higher incidence of localized disease at presentation, and the disease usually appears at a younger age than it does in men.

Learn more about the epidemiology of NSCLC.


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