Lung Cancer

Monday, April 06, 2015

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the tissues of the lung. It is one of the most common cancers and it is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United State. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this deadly disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lung cancer is a tumor inside your lung. It can cause you to cough, be short of breath, have chest pain and cough up blood. As the cancer gets worse or spreads, you may not want to eat as much as normal and you may lose weight, lose your energy and become weak.

Lung cancer kills more Americans than breast, colon, prostate, liver and kidney cancers combined. Each year in the United States, around 200,000 people die from lung cancer.

You will need tests to figure out which type of lung cancer you have. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell and nonsmall cell. There are different treatments depending on the type, size and location of the cancer. Treatment options include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

The main cause of lung cancer is smoking. Never smoking is the best way to prevent lung cancer and stopping smoking is helpful. If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about ways you can quit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.