Updated: November 17, 2020 09:40 AM
Created: November 17, 2020 09:39 AM
According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the United States.
The 3rd annual State of Lung Cancer report released by the American Lung Association this morning places Minnesota as the second best state for lung cancer survival in the nation. The survival rate in the state is 26.9% compared to the national average of 22%.
According to Pat McKone, Senior Director for the Lung Assocation, the state's higher average can be attributed to a lot of things like cleaner air quality and lower rates of second hand smoke but a large contributor to this is Minnesota's early detection rates.
"Minnesota also ranks above average with early diagnosis," says McKone. "The reason survivabillity of lung cancer is challenging is because there are no early warning signs. A lot of times when people would present saying 'I'm really short of breath' they were already dealing with a tumor that was blocking an airway."
McKone encourages those who have had a history of smoking to be diligent in getting early screenings and continuing the trend of early detection. More tips for early detection and qualifying risk factors can be found on lung.org.
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