What Is Lung Cancer?

What Are the Treatment Options?

Several different lung cancer treatment options are available for someone diagnosed with the disease.
 
Factors that may influence the recommended treatment include the:
 
  • Type of lung cancer (non-small or small cell lung cancer)
  • Stage of the cancer
  • Person's age and general health.
 
In general, treatment options include:
 

Can Lung Cancer Be Prevented?

Lung cancer prevention focuses on understanding the risk factors associated with the cancer and ways to avoid them, if possible. Although many risk factors can be avoided, it is important to keep in mind that avoiding risk factors does not guarantee that you will not get cancer. Talk to your doctor about prevention methods that might be effective for you.
 

Important Facts and Figures

Lung cancer is the:
 
  • Second most common cancer for all men in the United States
  • Second most common cancer among Caucasian and American Indian/Alaska Native women
  • Third most common cancer among African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic women.
     
In 2002:
 
  • 100,099 men and 80,163 women were diagnosed with the disease
  • 90,121 men and 67,509 women died from it.
 
(Click Lung Cancer Statistics to learn more.) 
 
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