August 1 - World Lung Cancer Day


Every year 1st August is observed as World Lung Cancer Day (WLCD) across the world to spread awareness about lung cancer risk factors and importance of its early screening and treatment. 2020 statistic of WHO reflects that lung cancer is prime cause for 1 in 5 cancer deaths globally and by 2030 mortality caused by lung cancer will be 2.45 million annually.


Lung cancer is more common among older people having average age of diagnosis is 70 years. People having habit of smoking are at more risk of lung cancer. It is also seen in people who are non-smokers. Lung cancer diagnosis arrived by evaluation of symptoms, CT scan, Chest X-rays, Bronchoscopy, Sputum cytology and Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the lung. Line of treatment decided on the type, severity and stages of cancer and other related factors like overall health of the patient and patient preferences.


Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) once a year for eligible patients of age group of 55 to 77 years, who are either current smokers or have quit smoking in the previous 15 years, who are asymptomatic, who have history of an average of one pack a day for 30 years, and who have a written order from a physician. This coverage includes a visit for counselling and risks of cancer screening.


ICD-10 diagnosis codes for reporting lung cancer:


  • C34 - Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung

  • C34.0 - Malignant neoplasm of main bronchus

  • C34.00 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified main bronchus

  • C34.01 - Malignant neoplasm of right main bronchus

  • C34.02 - Malignant neoplasm of left main bronchus


  • C34.1 Malignant neoplasm of upper lobe, bronchus or lung

  • C34.10 - Malignant neoplasm of upper lobe, unspecified bronchus or lung

  • C34.11 - Malignant neoplasm of upper lobe, right bronchus or lung

  • C34.12 - Malignant neoplasm of upper lobe, left bronchus or lung


  • C34.2 - Malignant neoplasm of middle lobe, bronchus or lung

  • C34.3 - Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, bronchus or lung

  • C34.30 - Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, unspecified bronchus or lung

  • C34.31 - Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, right bronchus or lung

  • C34.32 - Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, left bronchus or lung


  • C34.8 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of bronchus and lung

  • C34.80 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of unspecified bronchus and lung

  • C34.81 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of right bronchus and lung

  • C34.82 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of left bronchus and lung


  • C34.9 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of bronchus or lung

  • C34.90 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of unspecified bronchus or lung

  • C34.91 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of right bronchus or lung

  • C34.92 - Malignant neoplasm of unspecified part of left bronchus or lung

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