Who Gets Lung Cancer?
The most common type of cancer in the United States, lung cancer kills more people than breast cancer, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer combined. Smokers are at the highest risk, but you don't have to be a smoker to get lung cancer. In fact, nonsmokers are most likely to miss the signs.Learn more
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Lung Cancer Q&As
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How does lung cancer impact the body?
Lung cancer has multiple ways of impacting a body. This depends on the stage of lung cancer and at which point it becomes diagnosed. At early stages, lung cancers are often asymptomatic and most patients are unaware that they have the disease…
- Q Do genetics influence lung cancer?
- Q Can I tell if I'm at a higher risk than others for lung cancer?
- Q Is cigarette smoking the only thing that causes lung cancer?
- Q Are there lung cancer rate differences based on gender?
- Q Can COPD increase the risk of lung cancer?
- Q What happens if I choose not to treat my lung cancer?
- Q How long can a person with lung cancer live?
- Q How does lung cancer spread to other parts of the body?
- Q What are my chances of surviving lung cancer?
- Q How can I help prevent lung cancer?
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