By Justin A D2 11/12/15
Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both of someones lungs. When you get diagnosed with lung cancer the abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal lung cells and don't develop into healthy lung tissue. The abnormal cells can form tumors and once they cover the lung or lungs it cuts off oxygen to the blood and then can kill you.
Facts about Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States and the most common cancer worldwide. Fewer than 2 percent of all cases are found in people younger than 45.
81% of those living with lung cancer are over the age 60
In 2012 157,423 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 86,689 men and 70,734 women.
Black people are more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than people of any other racial or ethnic group
Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined and it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths
Lung cancer passes breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States in 1987
It now claims the lives of more women each year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined
More than 350,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point
Men who smoke are 23 percent more likely to develop lung cancer and women are 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men
Lung cancer can spread on and around the lungs before even being detected and before you get the signs that you have the cancer such as a cough that doesn't go away or gets worse or major weight loss and loss of appetite
How to prevent Lung cancer
There isn't a cure for lung cancer but there are things you can do to prevent it or try to stop it. To prevent Lung cancer the only thing you can do is stop smoking if you do and if you don't smoke than your fine. You can also eat a large diet of fruits and vegetables a week while also exercising as much as you can. One of the most important things you can do is get your house and work place checked for radon so your not exposed to it.
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