Cancer Council Australia

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Lung cancer causes the highest mortality of any cancer type in both Australian men and women, with 7626 deaths recorded in 2007. It is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, with 10,200 new cases recorded in 2009.

Tobacco smoking causes around 89% of all lung cancer cases in men and 70% of cases in women. Evidence-based tobacco control policy therefore features prominently on our website. For detailed information on tobacco control, see the tobacco chapter of our National Cancer Prevention Policy and related position statements.

Lung cancer has also been linked to exposure to occupational carcinogens such as asbestos. Further information is available in the occupational cancers chapter of our National Cancer Prevention Policy.

There is currently no recommended population screening tool for lung cancer; it is also one of the most difficult cancers to treat, which is why the mortality rate is high. For a discussion on lung cancer treatment and the false perception that all cases are smoking-related, see Cancer Council CEO Professor Ian Olver's blog post.

This page was last updated on: Friday, October 11, 2019

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