Lung cancer

Lung cancer starts in the respiratory system and can spread to other parts of the body [44050]. It has a low survival rate [31288] and smoking is the largest risk factor for the disease [44050].

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality [44306]. While a greater proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander than non-Indigenous people smoke on a daily basis, smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has decreased substantially in recent years [44051].

Targeted public health initiatives such as the Government’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking program aim to reduce smoking rates and may help to reduce lung cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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