What is lung cancer?

  • (noun): Carcinoma of the lungs; one of the commonest forms of cancer.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue and, eventually, into other parts of the body. Most cancers that start in lung, known as primary lung cancers, are carcinomas that derive from epithelial cells. The main types of lung cancer are small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC), also called oat cell cancer, and non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The most common cause of lung cancer is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke, which causes 80–90% of lung cancers. Nonsmokers account for 10–15% of lung cancer cases, and these cases are often attributed to a combination of genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, and air pollution including secondhand smoke.

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... today teach that cannabis users are at a much higher risk of getting lung cancer or other diseases than tobacco cigarette smokers ... that people who smoke marijuana are no more likely to develop lung cancer or head and neck cancers than non-smokers ... that marijuana may actually reduce the risk of some cancers by as much as 61% ...
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... Square in New York City towards San Francisco in what she is calling The Great Lung Run ... Addario Lung Caner Foundation, is running to raise money and awareness for lung cancer ... friend and namesake for Jill's Legacy, Jill Costello, to lung cancer when she was just 22 ...
Lung Cancer - History
... Lung cancer was uncommon before the advent of cigarette smoking it was not even recognized as a distinct disease until 1761 ... Different aspects of lung cancer were described further in 1810 ... Malignant lung tumors made up only 1% of all cancers seen at autopsy in 1878, but had risen to 10–15% by the early 1900s ...
Lung Cancer Staging - Lung Cancer
... Lung cancer is responsible for 1.3 million deaths worldwide annually, and is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and the second most common in women ... The most common cause of lung cancer is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke ... Lung cancer in non-smokers, who account for approximately 15% of cases, is often attributed to a combination of genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, and air pollution ...
Lung Cancer Staging - Pattern of Progression
... Lung cancer can start in various portions of the lung ... Typically, if lung cancer spreads, it first goes to close-by lymph nodes, followed by lymph nodes further away located between the lungs in a space called ... In the mediastinum, the lung cancer tends at first to stay on the side where the original tumor started ...

Famous quotes containing the words lung cancer, cancer and/or lung:

    Dylan used to sound like a lung cancer victim singing Woody Guthrie. Now he sounds like a Rolling Stone singing Immanuel Kant.
    —Also quoted in Robert Shelton, No Direction Home, ch. 2, “Prophet Without Honor” (1986)

    The same people who tell us that smoking doesn’t cause cancer are now telling us that advertising cigarettes doesn’t cause smoking.
    Ellen Goodman (b. 1941)

    Lord, confound this surly sister,
    Blight her brow with blotch and blister,
    Cramp her larynx, lung and liver,
    In her guts a galling give her.
    —J.M. (John Millington)