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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the nation's leading cause of cancer-related death. 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 Treatment, Lung Cancer Disease and Lung Cancer Screening pages for more information about the risks, symptoms, detection and treatment of lung cancer.

This page was reviewed on November 01, 2017

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