Lung Cancer in Missouri

In Missouri, lung cancer is the most common type of non-skin cancer among both men and women.  It is the leading cause of cancer death, so catching it early is especially important.

Lung Cancer Statistics Across Missouri

  • Estimated new cases, 2021: 5,570

  • Estimated deaths, 2021: 3,250

  • In Missouri in 2018:

    • 3,762 people died from lung cancer

      • 2,045 Males

      • 1,717 Females

    • 5,467 new lung cancer cases were diagnosed

      • 2,858 Males

      • 2,609 Females

    • Men had higher rates of getting and dying from lung cancer than women.

  • Southeast Region has the most counties with the highest lung cancer incidence rates.

    • Southeast Region has 65% of the counties in the Top 20 list of counties with the highest lung cancer incidence rates.

    • 95% of the Top 20 list of counties with the highest lung cancer incidence rates are Rural.

    • Mercer County has the state’s highest lung cancer incidence rate that is 106% of the US average rate.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Missouri: 

  • Incidence rates for Black males is 16.5% greater than for White males and the incidence rate for Black females is 1% higher than for White females.  

  • For both male and female genders combined, the incidence rate is 7.9% higher for the Black population than that for the White population vs the US average of 0.1%.  

  • The rate of new lung cancer cases is 78.9 among Black Americans in Missouri, significantly higher than the rate of 61.1 among Black Americans nationally, and significantly higher than the rate of 72.9 among whites in Missouri.