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Over the last few years, I've had numerous discussions with smokers, former smokers, their loved ones and healthcare providers about the risk factors for lung cancer and the benefit of early detection. I hope sharing my knowledge and many of your stories will help make an impact on this deadly disease.

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Lung Cancer and Non-Smokers | Know Your Risks

  
  
  
  

lung cancer nonsmokersAccording to this article by Lynne Eldridge MD, lung cancer in never smokers is considered to be the 6th leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Take into consideration the two following facts: Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, killing more people than colon, breast, kidney, liver, prostate and melanoma cancers combined.  Secondly, tobacco smoking accounts for approximately 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.

Here is another statistic that may come as a shock to some: Tobacco usage, both past and present, accounts for approximately 80% of lung cancers in women. That means that 20% of women with lung cancer have never smoked. It makes you think twice about the stigma associated with lung cancer, doesn’t it?

Smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon or other harmful carcinogens, a family history of lung cancer—all of these factors play a role in determining an individual’s personal lung cancer risk. It is important to take all of them into consideration, even if one is more prevalent than others.

Recognizing these risk factors is important; equally important, however, is the knowledge of how these factors impact your personal lung cancer risk, and taking charge to monitor your own personal risk.

According to data from the National Cancer Institute, the average five-year survival rate for a lung cancer patient is only 15%. If the cancer is caught in the later stages, after it has spread, that number can drop all the way down to 4%.

The key to fighting lung cancer is catching the disease in its earliest stages, when the five-year survival rate jumps to more than 50%.

We invite you to assess your personal lung cancer risk with this  lung cancer risk calculator, developed with the help of clinicians from MD Anderson. Another available tool is the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center “Lung Cancer Prediction Tool,” which measures risk by taking various factors into account, including age, smoking history, gender and exposure to carcinogens.

By finding one’s propensity for lung cancer, people can get a feel for his or her potential for developing the disease before symptoms appear, and take precautionary action, such as seeing a physician, learning about various methods for early lung cancer detection, or taking action to lower try and lower your personal risk.

With the five-year survival rate so low and symptoms from the disease often not appearing until the late stages of the disease, there is a growing importance for early lung cancer detection methods—one of which is utilizing and understanding proper risk assessment tools.

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Seriously!!! 1 of 150 males over 50 die each year from asbestos related lung cancers. That number dramtically affects their spouses and children because asbestos, PVC and powdered minerals and metals, alumininum, lead, steel, are contact dusts. If you breath, shake hands, hug, play with your kids they WILL be exposed and it only takes 1 0.012 mg particulate.  
 
Of course stolen tobacco taxes are probably being wasted on this site so they have to mention tobacco although the only smoker related death proven in court, was a girl who smoked a brand that used asbestos filters. Otherwise its patooey. Simply put - if your lungs are deteriorating don't breathe dust or smoke but don't go to bed blaming a water soluble veggie that smokes a bit when cooked. Otherwise you need look no further than the kitchen or the film on the exhaust fan above it. Heck the tires and brakes on your car produce more asbestos laden dust every 10 miles than a smoker produces of water soluble smoke in a year. As long as you blame tobacco, manufacturers using asbestos, PVC and powder metals all continue to get a free ride. Why not Asbestos has been the hidden home killer since the 1880's. In fact the NYDOT even reported asbestos being found in imported cosmetics, baby powder and over 85% of the home remodeling products we use today. 
 
Our government tried to regulate it, companies outsource it, they send it back to us on ships because our goverment doesnt't regulate imports. Like lead candy, lead paint and yes brakespads, tires, ceiling and wall boards, countertops, etc. It only takes a single 0.012 mg particulate on your skin or in an organ, and it burrows its way in, damaging or killing every cell it touches.
Posted @ Thursday, March 01, 2012 12:27 PM by Stephen Smith
i would like to know if a pea size area on your right lung could be cancer plus a chronic cough that has no relation to asthma
Posted @ Saturday, April 14, 2012 5:52 PM by nina fahl
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