In North Carolina, lung cancer is a problem. The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics projected there would be 8,768 new cases of lung cancer and 6,191 deaths from lung cancer in 2016. In 2012, lung cancer accounted for 29.6 percent of cancer deaths in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health.
According to Matthew Boyter, a resident in radiation oncology at Duke University, lung cancer causes more than a million deaths each year worldwide. Michelle Aurelius, a pathologist who diagnoses cancer and signs death certificates for North Carolina wrote that North Carolina has a higher mortality rate from lung cancer compared to the U.S. But with modern technology, there are now new precision therapeutics that allow for patients to be tested based on their DNA.