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Anyone Can Get Lung Cancer

Let's start with the numbers. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the United States — for both men and women. One in 14 Americans will get lung cancer, and it kills more people than breast, prostate, colorectal and leukemia combined. It kills more than twice as many men than prostate cancer and almost twice as many women as breast cancer. Lung cancer accounts for about 14 percent of all new cancer diagnoses and 27 percent of all cancer deaths. These numbers are stunning. So why do we see and hear so little about this particular cancer?

Perhaps it is, in part, because fewer people survive lung cancer to organize the marches, wear the ribbons, and buy the products which donate part of the proceeds to much needed research. In 2011, an estimated 221,130 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 157,000 will die of the disease. And this year, in the state of Texas alone it is estimated that 13,880 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed and there will be an estimated 9,560 cancer deaths from this disease. There are far too many people impacted by this disease, and far too few survivors to talk about it.

Another factor impacting the public discussion may be the stigma that continues to be attached to lung cancer. How many of us have been told about someone being diagnosed with lung cancer and responded reflexively — "Did they smoke?" It's true, people who smoke and those exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risk for lung cancer. However, not just smokers get lung cancer, and no one deserves to get cancer. No one.

With respect to nonsmokers: about 65 percent of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or quit decades ago. Risk factors for nonsmokers include exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution; exposure to certain toxic substances such as asbestos, arsenic or radon; jobs that expose workers to radiation; and personal or family histories of lung cancer. Clearly, lung cancer is not just a smoker's disease. Anyone can get lung cancer.

What steps can we take to prevent this disease? Avoiding tobacco use remains at the top of the prevention list. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit. Get help if you need it. If you are a smoker or former smoker, early detection is key to reducing lung cancer's death rate. Stay away from secondhand smoke. Work to make your home and community smoke free. Check your home for radon. Take care of yourself: eat lots of fruits and vegetables and be physically active. If you are at risk for lung cancer, talk to your health care professional about available screenings. As the spouse of a cancer survivor, I can attest to the immense benefits of regular screening.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Let's make sure that people know the facts about lung cancer, take steps to prevent it, and help it get the attention, resources and research needed to improve understanding and treatment of America's No. 1 cancer killer. For more information, go to www.preventcancer.org.

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Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Early lung cancer may not cause any symptoms so sometimes it becomes late to identify it. Nowadays the treatment of lung cancer is available for the Non small cell Lung Caner and Small cell lung cancer. One of my cousin was suffering from Liver Cancer, It feels really very bad to see such peoples.