Smoking : Still the Biggest Killer, by Far
Lung cancer is still the leading cause of death by cancer with 9 out of 10 cases directly due to one factor - smoking.
As New Year approaches health promotion agencies across the world have one message - if you smoke make your New Year's resolution be to stop smoking.
It's the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more people each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.
It's typically discovered too late to be treated successfully, with about 85 percent of victims dead within five years of diagnosis.
And nine out of 10 cases of the disease are tied to a single behavior -- smoking.
Lung cancer killed 160,390 people in 2007, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance. That's an average of 439 people a day.
And tobacco caused 90 percent of those deaths, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.