Two years ago, I went to the emergency room because of a gall bladder attack and found out through a CT scan that I had Stage 1B lung cancer. Several months later, I had 20% of my left lung removed. Thank God the cancer was caught early. The doctors have told me over and over how lucky I was to have had that gall bladder attack. Otherwise, by the time I would have developed any symptoms, the cancer would have advanced to Stage IV and it would have been too late for treatment.
Having never smoked before nor been exposed to a significant amount of second-hand smoke, I was puzzled as to how I developed lung cancer with no family history of the disease. Upon doing research on the Internet, I was surprised to discover that radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today, and a leading cause of lung cancer in healthy people who have never smoked.