2021: WV LEADS NATION WITH MOST SMOKERS - Among Worst Lung Cancer

The fourth annual report by the American Lung Association found that West Virginia ranks the worst in the nation for smoking and it's among the worst for lung cancer.

When looking at lung cancer incidence in the country, West Virginia ranks 50 out of 51 with 79.3 per 100,000 people. Incidence means the number of new cases of lung cancer in each state. For reference, the national lung cancer incidence is 57.7 per 100,000 people.

While the state's survival rate has increased, West Virginia ranks 37th in the country for lung cancer screening which is below average at 4%.

With the state ranking 50 out of 50 in the country measured for smoking at 23.8%, Molly Pisciottano, a director of advocacy for the American Lung Association, explained why it is so important to get screened.

"Lung cancer screening looks for lung cancer in high risk individuals who don't have symptoms of lung cancer," she said.