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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a malignant (cancerous) growth that is located in the lung or airways leading to the lungs.

Symptoms – may include a chronic cough (possibly with bloody sputum), chest pain, fatigue, unexplained weight loss.

Cause – Lung cancer is strongly associated with cigarette smoking, or other air pollutants or toxins (i.e. asbestos, radon gas). Lung cancer may spread to the lungs from elsewhere in the body.

Diagnosis – Observation of the aforementioned symptoms or the condition may first be identified during a routine chest x-ray. Further diagnostic testing may include CT scan, evaluation of lung function, analysis of sputum, or biopsy.

Treatment – May involve surgical removal of cancerous tissue followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Surgery may not be possible in all cases and the cancer may spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body leading to a low survival rate.