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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Your right lung is divided into three sections (lobes). Your left has two lobes. Air goes into your lungs through the trachea (windpipe). The trachea divides into tubes called the bronchi. Most lung cancers start in the lining of the bronchi and are thought to develop over a period of many years. Lung cancer may spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues in the chest including the other lung. In many cases, lung cancer may also spread to the bones, brain or liver.
There are two major types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). SCLC tends to spread widely through the body. There are three sub-types of NSCLC that make up 80 percent of lung cancers.
Usually symptoms of lung cancer often do not appear until the disease is in an advanced stage. Some lung cancers are diagnosed early because they are found as a result of tests for other medical conditions. Common signs and symptoms include: a cough that doesn't go away, constant chest pain, shortness of breath/wheezing, swelling of the neck/face, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis.
American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.
These Health Tips are for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.