Disease Study: Lung Cancer

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Morbidity: Lung Cancer Lung cancer is one of the most significant and preventable causes of death in the United States and other developed countries today. Some states within the US have higher instances of lung cancer than others, and there are various factors that affect that. For the state of Tennessee, which will be the focus of this paper, the most current year for which lung cancer statistics are available is 2007. According to the CDC, there were 78.4 to 97.7 people per 100,000 who got lung cancer in Tennessee in 2007 (CDC, 2010). Among people in that state who had lung cancer, 56.8 to 74.6 per 100,000 died in that same year (CDC, 2010). The Tennessee Department of Health also released 2007 figures on the 10 leading causes of death in that state, which were: Diseases of the heart Malignant neoplasms Cerebrovascular diseases Accidents Chronic lower respiratory diseases Alzheimer's Diabetes mellitus Influenza and pneumonia Intentional self-harm (suicide) Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (Source: Tennessee Department of Health, 2008). It can be seen from this list that lung cancer, specifically, was not among the top 10 causes of death in Tennessee. However, the number two cause of death, malignant neoplasms, is the medical term for cancer. That makes it clear that some form of cancer was the cause of death in a significant number of individuals in Tennessee in 2007. The Office of Cancer Surveillance, working in support of the Tennessee
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