The latest “State of Lung Cancer” report shows continued progress. The national five-year lung cancer survival rate sits at 25%, a 21 percent increase. Pat McKone is with the American Lung Association of Minnesota:

“The good news is Minnesota does actually even better than that and our survival rate for lung cancer is higher than that average at almost 30% – 29.7.”

The odds of surviving cancer increase significantly when it is diagnosed early. About 44% of cases of lung cancer aren’t caught until a late stage when the survival rate is only 7%. McKone says early screening is key.