What You Should Know about Lung Cancer
What is my risk of getting lung cancer?
Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the United States. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest. Out of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S. annually, lung cancer is responsible for the highest number. Here are some facts that everyone should know about this serious illness.
Anyone can develop lung cancer. However, there are certain factors that can make you much more vulnerable to the disease. Smoking cigarettes puts you at the highest risk for lung cancer, but it can also be caused by exposure to radon, asbestos, and other deadly substances. Even long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can increase your risk of this disease.
What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of lung cancer do not show in its earliest stages. Possible early symptoms include a nagging cough, hoarseness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue. In its later stages, lung cancer may cause jaundice, bone pain, and noticeable lumps under the skin.
How is lung cancer treated?
Treatment for lung cancer depends on your circumstances and how far the disease has progressed. Sometimes, the cancer can be treated through surgical removal of tumors. In other cases, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used. The earlier lung cancer is treated, the more successful treatment is likely to be. This is why regular screenings and an accurate diagnosis are so important to surviving lung cancer.
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