Lung cancer causes one-third of the cancer deaths in Louisiana. The state's mortality and incidence rates of the disease are much higher than rates throughout the rest of the country. From 2009 to 2013, the national average of lung cancer was 57.3 per 100,000 people. In Louisiana, that jumped to 71.3 per 100,000 people.
The national average of people who died each year because of lung cancer was 46 per 200,000. The average in Louisiana was 56.4 per 100,000.
The areas with the highest lung cancer death rates were Acadiana, the Bayou Parishes, Central Louisiana, Southwest Louisiana, Northeast Louisiana and the Florida Parishes.
The disease does not discriminate because of race or gender. Black and white men and women in the state have higher diagnoses of and mortality rates from the disease than residents of other states in the country. It's also very expensive to treat the disease, as the cost of treatment increases taxes and health insurance premiums. Nearly $2 billion Louisiana dollars are spent on diseases and deaths that are related to tobacco.
Tobacco-related cancers account for nearly half of all the diagnoses of cancers in the state between 2009 and 2013.
According to the Truth Initiative, in 2015, 21.9 percent of adults in Louisiana smoke cigarettes. Nationally, the percentage was 17.5 percent.
Asbestos, another lung cancer-causing substance, is now heavily restricted in the U.S, but it wasn't always that way. Asbestos exposure accounts for about 4 percent of cases of lung cancer in the U.S. For those residents who have been exposed to asbestos and still smoke cigarettes, there is an especially high risk of lung cancer.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer and you believe that exposure to asbestos is the cause, you should learn more about seeking compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering and more. Even if you smoke, you still have a right to seek compensation from those responsible for your exposure to asbestos.
Source: louisianacancer.org, "Louisiana has the 11th highest incidence and 8th highest death (mortality) rate of lung cancer in the U.S. (Figure 1 & Figure 2).," accessed Dec. 22, 2017