Lung cancer: progress with prognosis and the changing state of play


Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the world, accounting for 11.4% of all cancers, but with 18.0% of total cancer-related deaths, it is the leading cause of cancer death.

In Australasia, the incidence of lung cancer varies between 19.1 and 42.1 per 100,000 population, with the strongest risk factors historically being increasing age and tobacco smoke exposure.

While tobacco control remains the mainstay of reducing the impact of lung cancer for decades to come, there have been recent highly significant advances in lung cancer diagnostic approaches and treatment regimens which are beginning to affect outcomes for Australians with lung cancer.


Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key components of the perspective.
  • List main findings.
  • Recognise changes in the approach to lung cancer treatments and outcomes.


Authors: Fraser J Brims, Annette McWilliams, Susan V Harden and Ken O'Byrne

Article Type: Perspective


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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