Lung Cancer

By Maddie and Nate

What causes lung cancer

Heavy exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work has been shown to double the risk of lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. But pipe and cigar smokers are still much more likely to get lung cancer than non smokers. They are also much more likely to get cancer of the mouth or lip.

Treatments that can help

People with non-small cell lung cancer can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatments. People with small cell lung cancer are usually treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Lung Cancer Symptoms and Signs

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men and the fifth most common in women

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Statistics

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death for men and women. It is estimated that 158,040 (86,380 men and 71,660 women) deaths from this disease will occur this year. The one-year survival rates the percentage of people who survive at least one year after the cancer is found.

Symptoms

Requires a medical diagnosis

Symptoms include cough (often with blood), chest pain, wheezing, and weight loss. These symptoms often don't appear until the cancer is advanced.