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5 facts about lung cancer every Utahn should know

July 10, 2024
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5 facts about lung cancer

Do you want to take control of your health? Check out 5 facts every Utahn should know to prevent a life-changing lung cancer diagnosis.

1. Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer

Lung cancer kills more people per year than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. Although there are plenty of preventative measures that can be taken, it is responsible for 22% of all cancer deaths. 

2. 4 out of 5 people diagnosed with lung cancer will die from it

Lung cancer can have similar symptoms to mild respiratory irritation, so many people don’t get diagnosed until it’s too late. In fact, the 5-year relative survival rate for lung cancer is 19%, according to the American Cancer Society.

3. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

Utah has high levels of radon, a radioactive gas that causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. When it concentrates in your home undetected, it can damage the DNA in your lungs and lead to lung cancer. Radon can’t be detected by our senses, and the only way to know if it is in your home is to test for it. Click here to request a free radon test.

4. Only 1.8% of high-risk Utahns have been screened for lung cancer

This rate is low compared to the national average rate of 4.5%. You can find out if you're at high risk for lung cancer by visiting the American Lung Association’s website.

5. Lung cancer screening is safe

Lung cancer screenings have a low radiation dose and are usually safe to receive annually. While not covered by all insurance companies, lung cancer screening can cost less than $100. We encourage you to talk to your primary care provider about getting screened for lung cancer, especially if your home has tested high for radon.

Ready to take the first step toward protecting yourself and your loved ones from lung cancer? Click here to request a free radon test.

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