If you or someone close to you is a smoker or a former smoker, don't assume you're fine because you don't have symptoms. The facts are clear. Since 1987 more women have died each year from lung cancer than breast cancer. For men who smoke, age 50 or older, the chance of dying from prostate or colon cancer. The best chance of beating lung cancer is to find it early when there are more treatment options. screening for individuals with a significant history of tobacco use.