Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer - almost twice as many.
Lung Cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in the US, taking more lives than breast, prostate, and colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.
Although it is commonly thought of as a smoker's cancer, as much as 25% of lung cancers are found in people who have never smoked.
Symptoms of lung cancer may include:
- a cough that won't go away
- recurring respiratory infections such as pneumonia
- chest, shoulder or back pain that won't go away
- unexplained wheezing
- shortness of breath or hoarseness
- coughing up blood
- swelling in the neck or face
- difficulty swallowing
- unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- increasing fatigue or weakness
- unexplained recurrent headaches
- bone pain
Early detection is important because lung cancer rarely displays symptoms until the disease is in the later stages.
Check out this article for more information about early detection stratagies.