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Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer: ACCP Guidelines (2nd Edition) |

Introduction: Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer* : ACCP Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines (2nd Edition)

W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, FCCP
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Correspondence to: W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Professor of Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, 12902 Magnolia Dr, Tampa, FL; e-mail: Michael.Alberts@moffitt.org



Chest. 2007;132(3_suppl):20S-22S. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1345
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To reprise but paraphrase the opening line of the Introduction to the First Edition of the Guidelines: The numbers are still staggering. It is projected that in 2007, cancer of the lung will be diagnosed in 213,380 individuals in the United States (up from 169,400 in 2002; 114,760 men and 98,620 women).1 More disconcerting is that 160,390 individuals (up from 154,900 in 2002) will succumb to this disease (89,510 men and 70,880 women) during the year.1 Interestingly, however, the death rate (as opposed to raw numbers) for lung cancer in men has dropped on average by 1.9%/yr from 1991 to 2003. Unfortunately, the death rate in women is up by 0.3% each year from 1995 to 2003. If these current trends continue, the incidence of lung cancer will be identical for men and women during the next decade.

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