Lung Cancer: Overview

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Lung cancer is the most common cancer-related cause of death in American adults. Lung cancer is declining among white and black males; however, the disease continues to increase among both white and African-American women. Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. Estimates indicate that more than 80% of lung cancer cases result from smoking. Cigarette smoke contains many carcinogens, as well as chemicals that increase the potency of these carcinogens. "Passive smoking" or "secondhand smoke" is another major cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke is cigarette smoke inhaled by nonsmokers. Government studies have found that secondhand smoke causes an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year. As is obvious, if you smoke, you increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Male smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Female smokers are 12 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of developing lung cancer. Aside from tobacco smoke, radon, an invisible and odorless radioactive gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Estimates indicate that approximately 15,000 Americans die annually from radon induced lung cancer. According to the EPA, approximately 1 in 15 homes has radon levels at or above recommended guidelines. The combination of cigarette smoke and radon exposure significantly increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Workplace carcinogen exposure is another leading cause of lung cancer. Cancer causing agents commonly found in work environments include, but are not limited to, asbestos, silica dust, mustard gas, coke-oven emissions, nickel, radiation, uranium, arsenic, and others. Workplace exposure causes over 17,000 lung cancer deaths annually.

See Also

  1. Cancer
  2. Agent Orange
  3. Antimony
  4. Asbestos
  5. Beryllium
  6. Bis(chloromethyl) Ether
  7. Cadmium
  8. Cigarettes & Tobacco
  9. Coronet Industries - Plant City, Florida
  10. Depleted Uranium Exposure: Overview
  11. Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties - Florida: Overview
  12. Florida Tobacco Lawsuits
  13. Hexavalent Chromium: Overview
  14. Indiana County, Pennsylvania
  15. Libby, Montana: Overview
  16. Los Alamos National Laboratory - New Mexico
  17. Lung Cancer - Diagnosis Errors: Overview
  18. Mining & Oil Field Accidents
  19. n-Nitrosodimethylamine
  20. Plutonium
  21. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons / PAH
  22. Prince William Sound
  23. Radon
  24. Silica
  25. Strontium
  26. Sulfur Mustards H/HD and HT (Blister Agent)
  27. Thorium
  28. Troy, Montana
  29. W.R. Grace & Co. Site - West Chicago, Illinois
  30. W.R. Grace/Zonolite Co. Plant - Beltsville, Maryland
  31. Weapons Workers: Overview
  32. Zonolite/W.R. Grace Plant - Dearborn, Michigan
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