Lung Cancer

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow, multiply and mass together within the lung invading nearby healthy tissue. Lung cancer is a very aggressive form of cancer and is almost always caused by smoking or secondhand smoke.  It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. When a person simply stops smoking, the risk of lung cancer decreases dramatically each year because normal cells will naturally replace abnormal or damaged cells. There are two major types of lung cancer:  non-small cell lung cancer (which is the most common form and usually spreads to different parts of the body) and small cell lung cancer. Lung cancer is typically only symptomatic in the latter stages and might include chronic coughing, wheezing, chest pain, fever, fatigue and repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis.  Surgery is the first step in treating the cancer along with radiation or chemotherapy or a combination of the two.

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