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Lung Cancer

What is it?

  • There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common. It usually spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma, ademocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma are three types of non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer also called oat cell cancer.Source:    American Lung Association

What puts me at risk?

  • Smoking - 87% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.
  • The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the greater
    your risk of lung cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Radon is considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Radon gas can come up through the soil under a home or building and enter through gaps and cracks in the foundation or insulation, as well as through pipes, drains, walls or other openings.
    Source: American Lung Association

Learn more about lung cancer by logging onto:

American Cancer Society
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a program of CancerCare
National Cancer Institute
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
NJ Department of Environmental Protection - Radon

Learn about clinical trials by logging onto:

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups - Cancer Clinical Trials
National Cancer Institute – Clinical Trials
New Jersey Cancer Trial Connect