November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the nation's leading cause of cancer-related death. This year, approximately 150,000 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 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. You may have an increased risk for lung cancer if you have been exposed to radon, asbestos or other cancer-causing agents or if you have a personal or family history of the disease. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer, yet not everyone who smokes gets cancer nor does everyone who gets lung cancer 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.
This page was reviewed on October 05, 2018