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Lung cancer, as you might guess, occurs when abnormal cell growth occurs in the tissues of the lungs. The most common cause is tobacco use, but asbestos, radiation, and even pollution are known to contribute to the development of the disease. There are two different types: small cell and non-small cell. Possible signs of lung cancer include:
 
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • A persistent cough
  • Fever
  • Weight loss.
 
Once the disease is diagnosed, treatment will depend on what stage the cancer is in, which indicates if the disease has spread and, if so, how much. Options often include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
 
(Click Lung Cancer for more information on this topic, including important statistics, the difference between small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, and more.)
 
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