Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide,1 and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.2 In fact, more Americans die from lung cancer each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.2 But there is hope for people diagnosed with lung cancer. Through scientific research and developments, we are making significant progress in understanding, detecting and treating the disease.
Yet, surprisingly, a growing number of studies show that many people with advanced lung cancer never receive cancer care, far more than for any other type of cancer.
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