HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Lung cancer rates have decreased in parts of the United States over the last decade.
A new report released by The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention brings promising news when it comes to lung cancer rates in the U.S.
Hattiesburg Oncologist Dr. Bo Hrom said, "The new CDC data that was released showed that there was a recent decline primarily in the states where there has been a decrease in smoking."
This good news, comes primarily out of the West.
"States in the South unfortunately haven't seen the decline because we have not put the emphasis into it that the states out West have."
Hrom said there are more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year, resulting in more than 150,000 deaths, and while Mississippian's are taking strides to live healthier life styles, smokers need to be more aggressive when it comes to kicking the habit.
"For smokers, your lifetime risk of developing lung cancer is around one in five. If you stop smoking, at about seven years that risk is cut at least in half and at 20 years it appears to almost reach levels of someone that has never been a smoker," said Hrom.
Smoking cessation can be the blueprint in joining non-smokers living longer lives.
"The key to treating lung cancer is preventing it," said Hrom.