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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time to focus on one of the world’s deadliest cancers.

Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lung – usually in the cells that line air passages. Abnormal cells form, which then begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells do not behave as normal lung cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue, which means they interfere with proper functioning of the lung. This may in time deprive the body of fresh oxygen, leading to noticeable symptoms. Symptoms of lung cancer range from coughing up blood to fatigue, which is why many people are not diagnosed with the disease until it has already progressed to a later stage. Over 50 percent of people are diagnosed at a late stage in the disease, with a mere 15 percent being diagnosed when treatment is most effective.

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who develops lung cancer is a smoker. Around 10 to 20 percent of people with lung cancer have never smoked. Other non-smoking risk factors include asbestos, radon, industrial substances, radiation exposure, air pollution, tuberculosis, genetics, and military service.

Additionally, while many people think  breast cancer is number one cancer killer of women, they are mistaken. It is actually lung cancer, and has been lung cancer since 1987. In fact, twice as many women die from lung cancer each year as from breast cancer! It will actually kill more women in a year than breast, ovarian, cervical, uterine, and vaginal cancers combined.

To learn more about lung cancer, please take our quiz below. It’s important to learn the statistics so you know your likelihood of contracting the disease. It is also important to recognize the symptoms so that cancer can be diagnosed early before it spreads.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer will kill more Americans this year than the next four most deadly cancers combined. Learn more and spread awareness by taking this quiz.

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