• Lung cancer is a malignant tumor in the lungs.  This means that the abnormal cells of the tumor grow without order or control.  They destroy the healthy lung tissue around them.  Lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body.  Sometimes other types of cancer can spread to the lungs.  This type of tumor is not lung cancer.  The information here is about lung tissue cells that are abnormal and have become lung cancer.
  • There are two major types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.  Non-small cell lung cancer is the more common.  It makes up about 80 percent of lung cancer cases.  This type of cancer usually grows and spreads to other parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer does. Although some progress has been made in the treatment of lung cancer, it is still the most common cause of cancer death. In 2010, more than 222,000 new cases were expected to be diagnosed and about 157,000 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer. 

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4 responses »

  1. pmtuttle says:

    Eliana,
    I like how you describe the different types of lung cancer because some people might not understand the difference of cancers.
    I also liked all of your nice animated pictures.
    Do you think genetics has a great impact on lung cancer or is it just from smoking or second hand smoke?
    Love the web site.

  2. lindatluu says:

    do you know what the biggest age range for smokers is? Are there many campaigns right now to help the youth to no start smoking?

    • elilop7 says:

      Many schools and cities have very strong campaigns to help the youth not to start smoking, using drugs, and alcohol. For instance my son received teaching about how to say no and how to avoid drugs last year, they had a police officer every week teaching about all the consequences of drugs, alcohol, and smoking. You can also find more information on this website: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/index.php

      Regarding the range for smokers this is what I found out:
      18-24 28.5%
      25-44 25.7%
      45-64 22.7%
      [greater than or equal to]65 9.3%
      “Percent of various age groups who currently smoke.(DATA WATCH)(Brief Article)(Illustration).” Clinical Psychiatry News. International Medical News Group. 2005. Retrieved November 30, 2011 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-131681932.html

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