International Lung Cancer Awareness Month is marked every November, and an opportunity to raise awareness for one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Lung cancer is considered the deadliest among all cancers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lung cancer is responsible for approximately 1.76 million cancer deaths annually around the world, with about 2.09 million new cases emerging each year.
This statistic applies to China as well. Data from WHO shows that the estimated number of people killed by lung cancer is 690,567 in the country, about 24 percent of all cancer deaths.
Tobacco smoke is a leading risk factor for lung cancer, with air pollution contributing to the disease as well.
The infographic below lists the latest lung cancer trends worldwide and in China.