Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths, is one of the most common types of cancer.
One of the cancer types, Non-small cell lung cancer, accounts for 80-90 percent of all lung cancers and is most commonly associated with smoking tobacco.
Symptoms may be mistaken for bronchitis or pneumonia. Because of this, many cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Early symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. These will progress to chronic cough, spitting up blood, pain in the chest or back, hoarseness and/or wheezing.
Diagnostic procedures may include: X-ray, lab tests, biopsy, &/or CT scan.
The main risk factors include; history of or current tobacco use, exposure to second-hand smoke, exposure to asbestos, arsenic, or other chemicals, Exposure to radiation, living in an area with air pollution and/or family history of lung cancer.