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Lung Cancer Care at Blount Memorial

Learn about screenings, diagnostics, treatment and resources

More people in the United States die each year from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. For U.S. women, lung cancer is the leading cause of death, accounting for almost twice as many deaths as breast cancer. While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer nationwide, environmental and genetic factors also may play a role in developing the disease. According to the American Lung Association, one in every five people with lung cancer never smoked or used tobacco products. Non-smoking spouses who live with a smoker have about a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of developing lung cancer than do spouses of non-smokers. Non-smokers exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace also are more likely to get lung cancer.

Screening Guidelines: According to the National Cancer Institute, the only generally accepted lung cancer screening test is designed for people who smoke(d) heavily. While early lung cancer often does not cause symptoms, the conditions listed below indicate an underlying health problem, which may or may not be related to cancer. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor for early diagnosis and treatment.

  • a cough that gets worse or does not go away
  • breathing trouble, such as shortness of breath
  • constant chest pain
  • coughing up blood
  • a hoarse voice
  • frequent lung infections, such as pneumonia
  • feeling very tired all the time
  • weight loss with no known cause

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