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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells in the lung. It is strongly linked to smoking, and is the largest killer cancer of men in the United States. The main symptoms of lung cancer are shortness of breath, weight loss, and coughing (sometimes coughing blood).

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1. Which specialist should I visit for the treatment of lung cancer?

You should see an Oncologist.

2. What is the risk for lung cancer in women who smoke?

Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Cigarette smoking is the main culprit and responsible for 80% of these cancer deaths. Lung cancer has always been and continues to be more common in men than women but the difference is declining. Unfortunately statistics show that smoking rates among women are expected to surpass those among men by the year 2000. Lung cancer is not the only smoking related cause of death in women. The World Health Organization states that at least 25% of women smokers will die of smoking-related disease such as cardiovascular disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

3. How common is lung cancer in women?

Lung cancer is one the largest single cause of cancer deaths in the country. For years, men were at higher risk for lung cancer because of their higher smoking rates. However, with the rising number of women who smoke, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women.

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