November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the nation's leading cause of cancer-related death—killing more than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. This year, approximately 160,000 men and women in the U.S. will die from the disease.
As with any form of cancer, early detection is the key to survival. Screening for lung cancer with serial low-dose CT has been demonstrated to reduce lung cancer mortality.
Coughing, wheezing, hoarseness, and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that are often confused with less serious conditions. Smoking is the major risk, but you can develop lung cancer even if you don't smoke.
Lung cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation treatments, chemotherapy or one of several interventional radiology procedures. Discuss lung cancer risks, symptoms and treatment options with your doctor.
Visit the Lung Cancer page for more information about the risks, symptoms, detection and treatment of lung cancer.
Reviewed November 13, 2013