Know the Facts

Quick Points


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death,
regardless of gender or ethnicity

Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and kills more
than breast, prostate, colon, ovarian, non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, and melanoma cancers combined.

More Americans die each year of lung cancer than breast,
prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancers combined.

Lung cancer kills almost two times as many women as does
breast cancer. Lung cancer kills more than three times as
many men as does prostate cancer.

About 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among
people who have never smoked or are former smokers.

Lung cancer accounts for 14% of all new cancer diagnoses
but 27% of all cancer deaths.

Am I at risk of developing lung cancer?

The people most likely to develop lung cancer are smokers (past and present), people who have been exposed to radon, asbestos, certain environmental factors, second-hand smoke and those who have a family member who developed lung cancer without any of these risk factors. However, anyone is capable of developing lung cancer.

What is the most common cause of lung cancer?

The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking tobacco. Almost 87% of all cases of lung cancer in the US result from smoke-related factors. Even nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke at home or in the workplace increase their danger of developing lung cancer by 20-30%.

What treatments are available?

There is hope! It is important to know that there is treatment available to every person diagnosed with lung cancer, regardless of type or stage. Technology and medicine are constantly advancing. Never give up hope.

What are some of the signs or symptoms of lung cancer?

Persistent coughing, especially when intense or painful

Pain in shoulders, chest or back, seemingly unrelated to coughing

Shortness of breath

A change in voice quality or being hoarse

Persistent harsh breathing sounds

Recurrent lung-related illness, such as bronchitis or pneumonia

Coughing up mucus or blood In certain cases, lung cancer can

In certain cases, lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body, presenting with other symptoms first. These symptoms may include:

Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss

Fatigue

Headaches, bone or joint pain

Bone fractures not related to accidental injury

Neurological symptoms, such as unsteady gait or memory loss

Neck or facial swelling

General weakness

Blood clots

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