Lung Cancer is the Smoker’s Fault…Right?

A lot of people make the wrong assumptions about the causes of lung cancer. Many people think that only smokers get lung cancer, and that they got what they payed for, and their cancer is their fault. This is simply not true.

While smokers do have a higher risk of lung cancer, according to cdc.gov, secondhand smoke, radon (a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt), and family history, all are risk factors. Also, radiation therapy to the chest has been known to increase a person’s chance of lung cancer, which is the worst of all. First the person survived breast cancer, just to get lung cancer from previous treatment.

Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, but smoking has also been linked to cause cancer of the mouth, nose, throat, voicebox (larynx), esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, stomach, blood, and bone marrow (acute myeloid leukemia). Lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease, there are lots of lung cancer patients who have never picked up a cigarette in their lives.

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancers, second to only skin cancer. Lung cancer is also one of the most fatal, accounting for 27% of cancer deaths. In 2014, the estimate for new cancer cases is about 224,210. There is so much we do not know about lung cancer, but you can be sure that it’s research is something worth donating for.

All factual information credited to various pages on cdc.gov as well as cancer.org.

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