QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥45 Years Who Have Ever Had Lung Cancer by Education Level — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

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In 2021, 3.2% of adults aged ≥45 years had ever been told they had lung cancer.

The prevalence of lung cancer among adults aged ≥45 years was highest for those with less than a high school education (8.6%).

The percentage of adults who had ever had lung cancer decreased with increasing education level, with the lowest prevalence occurring among those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (1.6%).

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm


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