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  1. Lung Cancer Screening - Topic Overview

    Screening tests help your doctor look for a problem before you have symptoms. This increases your chances of finding the problem early, when it's more treatable.Studies don't show that routine screening for lung cancer is right for most people. But it may help those who have the highest risk for lung cancer—people 55 and older who are or were heavy smokers.Lung cancer screening is done with a low-dose CT scan. A CT scan uses X-rays, or radiation, to make detailed pictures of your body. Who should be screened for lung cancer?Annual lung screening is only recommended for heavy smokers. That means people with a smoking history of at least 30 pack years. A pack year is a way to measure how heavy a smoker you are or were. To figure out your pack years, multiply how many packs a day (assuming 20 cigarettes per pack) you smoke by how many years you have smoked. For example:If you smoked 1 pack a day for 15 years, that's 1 times 15. So you have a smoking history of 15 pack years.If you

  2. Lung Cancer - Medications

    Chemotherapy uses powerful medications to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is the most effective therapy for small cell lung cancer, but it cures lung cancer in only a small number of people

  3. Lung Surgery for Lung Cancer

    Surgery to remove all or part of a lung involves making a cut on one side of your chest (thorax) during a procedure called a thoracotomy.

  4. Lung Cancer - Cause

    Most lung cancer is caused by smoking. About 87% of lung cancers are related to smoking. Cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) in tobacco smoke damage lung cells. Over time, these damaged cells may develop into lung cancer.

  5. Lung Cancer - Surgery

    Learn about surgery as a treatment for lung cancer.

  6. Radon - Topic Overview

    What is radon?Radon is a cancer - causing radioactive gas. It comes from the breakdown of uranium, which is a natural part of soil and rock. It is most commonly found in soil, water, building materials (such as granite or shale), and natural gas. Radon cannot be detected by human senses because it is odorless, tasteless, and invisible.How does radon exposure occur?In closed or poorly vented spaces

  7. Lung Cancer - Health Tools

    Tools to help you make decisions about lung cancer care.

  8. Lung Cancer - Exams and Tests

    To determine whether lung cancer may be causing your respiratory symptoms, your health professional will evaluate your: Medical history, including your smoking history and any symptoms you have now. Exposure to environmental and work substances. Family hi

  9. Lung Cancer - Home Treatment

    During treatment for any stage of lung cancer, you can manage some side effects that may accompany lung cancer or cancer treatment. If your doctor has given you instructions or medications to treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healt

  10. Lung Cancer - What Increases Your Risk

    Information about what causes lung cancer and what the major risk factors are.

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