About 10% of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked. Some of these patients have had some secondhand smoke exposure, but the majority did not. It sounds like a small number, but in the United States, that’s 20,000 to 25,000 people a year who have never smoked who get lung cancer. And worldwide, it’s more common than diseases like Hodgkin’s disease and other malignancies.
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- How many non-smokers get lung cancer?
Are there lung cancer rate differences based on gender?
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons answeredLung cancer in women is a different disease than lung cancer in men. Some studies show that women are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
What does the heart consist of?
SecondsCount.org answeredThe heart is divided into four chambers, the left and right atria (the top chambers) and the left and right ventricles (the bottom chambers). A thick wall called the septum separates the left side of the heart from the right. Four valves that act as one-way doors within the heart carefully regulate blood flow through the heart’s chambers keeping blood on a “one-way street” through the heart and out to the body.
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