State near national average for lung cancer survival

Nov 13, 2019

North Carolina ranks near the nationwide average for lung cancer survival rates. The American Lung Association released its annual State of Lung Cancer report, which shows the nationwide five-year lung cancer survival rate at 21.7%, just slightly above North Carolina’s rate of 21.5%. Nationally survivor rates have improved 26% over the last decade.  The American Lung Association says early screening correlates to higher survival rates. Nationally only 21.5% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage, with North Carolina at the same rate. North Carolina is screening high-risk patients at a higher rate than the national average, though the state’s rate is only 6% compared to a national average of 4.2%. Only four states reported screening more than 10% of high-risk patients.