Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer affects the organs in your chest that inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. One of the leading causes of death in the United States, lung cancer causes more deaths annually than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer combined.

While the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 228,190 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the United States annually, many times lung cancer goes undiagnosed and untreated until it is in its late stages, either because there are no symptoms or the symptoms are assumed to be caused by the effects of smoking.

However, if lung cancer is detected early, the survival rate is much higher. Lung cancer screenings may be appropriate for patients who are considered at risk for lung cancer. Lung cancer can be divided into two primary categories: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. While both types begin in the tissues of the lungs, they involve different types of cells and develop differently.

Testing and treatment will vary depending on the patient’s type and stage of lung cancer. If you think you may have lung cancer, call your doctor right away.

Helpful Resources:

  • Want to quit smoking?
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  • Are you are doing all you can to avoid cancer? Take our Cancer Nutrition Quiz.
  • If you are a smokeless tobacco user, learn more about the more than 3,000 chemicals, including 28 known carcinogens, contained in dip products that are extremely harmful and may also cause cancer.