Despite low screening rates, lung cancer survival rates on the rise in NJ

BY Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent |

New Jersey is claiming bragging rights for its current lung cancer survival rate — at 25% compared to the national average of 21%.

However, despite some of the highest survival rates nationally, experts say the state needs to do more to improve screening. New Jersey currently ranks among the worst, with 3% of eligible people getting screened for lung cancer. The national average is around 4%, with the highest performing states hitting 12%.

Because of a lack of screening, nearly half of patients who are diagnosed already have late stage lung cancer, and it’s likely spread to other parts of the body.