Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the country, but it is also the most preventable. Largely caused by exposure to tobacco smoke and asbestos, this disease will kill an estimated 155,000 people this year. In an effort to create awareness and hopefully prevention, we will be sharing information about lung cancer on our blog throughout the month of November.
Who is at Risk?
Although the diagnosis occurs in men more often than women, the truth is that anyone with lungs is at risk of developing lung cancer. However, it is most common in individuals exposed to heavy amounts of tobacco smoke and/or asbestos fibers. Heavy smokers and individuals exposed to asbestos should monitor themselves for lung cancer symptoms, such as chest pain, persistent coughing, shortness of breath or other respiratory issues.
We will dive into this information in detail throughout the month and provide additional facts on related topics, such as: