Tuberc Respir Dis.  2016 Apr;79(2):58-69. 10.4046/trd.2016.79.2.58.

Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Korea: Recent Trends

  • 1Division of Pulmonary, Department of Internal Medicine, The Armed Forces Daejeon Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 2Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea.
  • 3Lung Research Institute of Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.


Lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths in Korea. Although the smoking rate has begun to decrease, the prevalence of lung cancer is still increasing. We reviewed the national lung cancer registry data and the data published about lung cancer in Korea. In 2012, the crude incidence rate of lung cancer was 43.9 per 100,000. The age-standardized mortality rate of lung cancer was 19.8 per 100,000. The 5-year relative survival rate for lung cancer was 11.3% from 1993 to 1995 and increased to 21.9% in the period from 2008 to 2012. Lung cancer occurring in never-smokers was estimated to increase in Korea. Adenocarcinoma is steadily increasing in both women and men and has replaced squamous cell carcinoma as the most common type of lung cancer in Korea. In patients with adenocarcinoma, the frequency of EGFR mutations was 43% (range, 20%-56%), while that of the EMK4-ALK gene was less than 5%.


Lung Neoplasms; Korea; Incidence; Mortality; Survival; Prevalence
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