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Cigarette Smoking and Lung Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. Cigarette smoking is directly responsible for 87% of lung cancer cases in the United States annually.
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All About Lung Cancer
The diagnosis of lung cancer can be devastating. Use these resources as a starting point in your research to understand what cancer is, how lung cancer symptoms present themselves, as well as how lung cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Lung Cancer Risk Factors
According to the American Cancer Society, 87% of all lung cancer cases involve tobacco. Cigarette smoking, cigar smoking and second hand smoke can all contribute to both non small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Symptoms
Early diagnosis of lung cancer can be difficult because symptoms don't often present themselves aggressively until the disease is in advanced stages.

Diagnosing Lung Cancer
A doctor will evaluate several factors when diagnosing lung cancer. The person's smoking history, exposure to occupational hazards and family history will be taken into account.

Staging Lung Cancer
If cancer is present, the doctor will want to determine whether it has spread to other parts of the body, and this is what is referred to as staging. Lung cancer often spreads to the brain or bones. Staging helps the doctor decide on a plan for treatment.

Treating Lung Cancer
Surgery may be chosen as the best course of treatment for non small cell lung cancer, especially if the cancer is detected in its early stages and hasn't spread to other areas of the body.

The Side Effects of Lung Cancer Treatments
Side effects from lung cancer treatments vary from person to person, and are often temporary. The doctors and nurses can explain possible side effects of a particular treatment plan, and ways to alleviate discomfort during and after treatment.

Coping with Lung Cancer Symptoms
From About.com Guide to Lung Cancer, Lynne Eldridge, MD: "Receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer can be terrifying. Underlying that fear lie questions not only about the prognosis, but also about the possible symptoms ahead. Will I have pain? Will I feel like I am suffocating? Thankfully, we have come a long way in managing the symptoms that accompany lung cancer..."

Am I at Risk for Lung Cancer?
Do you worry about getting lung cancer? Most smokers do. Review the risk factors for lung cancer here.

What Percentage of Smokers Get Lung Cancer?
From Lynne Eldridge, MD at About.com Lung Cancer, this article looks at what statistics tell us about lung cancer risk for current and ex-smokers.

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Lung Cancer
From About.com Guide to Cancer, Lisa Fayed: "Here are the cold facts about lung cancer - it's hard to find early and difficult to treat. I have learned it is one of the more miserable cancers to suffer from. However, lung cancer is also one of the most prevantble types of cancer."

5 Symptoms of Lung Cancer Most People Don't Know About
From About.com Guide to Cancer, Lisa Fayed: "Most people recognize a perisistant cough as the most common symptom of lung cancer. People need to also be aware common symptoms of lung cancer that most people don't know about."

Lung Cancer in Women
From About.com Guide to Lung Cancer, Lynne Eldridge: "Lung cancer in women differs from lung cancer in men in many ways. Yet, despite obvious differences in our appearance, we tend to lump men and women together when talking about lung cancer."

How to Find Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer
This article from About.com Guide to Lung Cancer, Lynne Eldridge, MD offers pointers on how and where to look for clinical trials for lung cancer treatment.

Diet and Lung Cancer Prevention
From About.com Guide to Lung Cancer, Lynn Eldridge, MD: "We are learning more about the role of diet and exercise in cancer prevention. With all of the conflicting news in the media, it is hard to know what to eat to lower our risk."

Reducing the Risk of Lung Cancer
Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicate that smoking reduction and a diet rich in phytoestrogens may lower the risk of lung cancer.

The Stigma of Lung Cancer
From About.com Guide to Lung Cancer, Lynne Eldridge, MD: "Unlike the unconditional support given to those with other forms of cancer, people with lung cancer often feel singled out, like somehow they “deserve” to have cancer. Where does this stigma come from?"

Preventing Lung Cancer - Video
In this video, Jonathon Stewart discusses risk factors for lung cancer and what you can do to reduce them.

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