Epidemiology of Lung Cancer

Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2016 Jul;25(3):439-45. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2016.02.001.


Lung cancer has been transformed from a rare disease into a global problem and public health issue. The etiologic factors of lung cancer become more complex along with industrialization, urbanization, and environmental pollution around the world. Currently, the control of lung cancer has attracted worldwide attention. Studies on the epidemiologic characteristics of lung cancer and its relative risk factors have played an important role in the tertiary prevention of lung cancer and in exploring new ways of diagnosis and treatment. This article reviews the current evolution of the epidemiology of lung cancer.

Keywords: Epidemiology; Etiology; Lung cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Lung Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Public Health*
  • Risk Factors