Lung cancer is a cancer that originates in the lungs. More than 220,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. And, lung cancer causes more than 157,000 deaths annually, making it the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Those most at risk are people aged 50 or older, who have a history of cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoking. However, people who have never smoked can also develop the disease due to past lung infections, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition.
I Want a Basic Understanding
Symptoms don't generally occur in the early stages of lung cancer, but become present as the disease advances. Not all symptoms involve breathing difficulty; lung cancer can affect your entire body.
In this video, Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, explains a study that investigated the relationship between eating red meat and the development of lung cancer. What the study found may surprise you.
I Want to Know More About Symptoms
Lung cancer comes in varying types and progresses through stages. From early warning signs to stage IV bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, learn about the symptoms, types, and stages of lung cancer.
When lung cancer reaches stage 3, it has spread from the lungs to other nearby tissue or far away lymph nodes. In approximately one third of people diagnosed with lung cancer, it has already reached stage 3.
Your X-ray may reveal a spot on the lung. While a spot on the lung—also called a lung or pulmonary nodule—may be an early warning sign of lung cancer, it is often not cancerous.
One of the possible symptoms of lung cancer is shortness of breath. In the case of lung cancer, this may be caused by abnormal cell growth, which blocks the passage of air through your lungs.
I Have Lung Cancer and Want to Know My Treatment Options
Your doctor will likely recommend testing only if there is cause to believe you might have lung cancer. Whether they want to rule out or confirm lung cancer, doctors have many tests at their disposal.
There are various types of treatment for lung cancer, including chemotherapy, surgery, and more. Your doctor will determine which type is best for you, based on the type and stage of the lung cancer you have.
Alternative therapies can treat symptoms and the side effects of treatment. They aren’t stand-alone cures, but can help patients feel better or recover from conventional treatments faster.
Many types of doctors and specialists are involved in diagnosing and treating lung cancer. Know the types of specialists you may encounter and the roles they will play in your diagnosis.
I Want Tips for Living with Lung Cancer
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