15 Myths About Lung Cancer You Need to Stop Believing ASAP

Your ethnic background doesn’t impact your lung cancer risk

mixed race couple going for a hike

When it comes to cancer rates, racial and ethnic backgrounds do matter. The American Lung Association explains black men and women are more likely to develop lung cancer — and they also have a higher chance of dying from it — than any other group.

Black men are 30% more likely to get the disease than white men, even though generally their exposure to cigarette smoke is lower. Black women and white women lung cancer incidences are roughly the same, though black women are less likely to smoke than white women.

Breast cancer is a bigger killer for women than lung cancer

Breast cancer self-check

You hear all about breast cancer awareness, but you also need to pay attention to lung cancer if you’re a woman. Everyday Health reiterates that lung cancer kills more women yearly than breast cancer does. And more people actually die of lung cancer than they do of breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined.

There are more women who are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly than lung cancer, however, which may cause some confusion. But because breast cancer is often caught earlier than lung, fewer deaths occur.

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