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Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. Lung cancer starts in tissues of the lung such as the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), bronchiole (small airways of the lungs), or alveoli (air sacs).
There are two main types of lung cancer:
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC): Makes up about 15% of lung cancers and is almost always caused by tobacco smoking. This type often starts in more central portions of the chest.
Most lung cancers are caused by smoke from cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Smoke has carcinogens, or substances that cause cancer, that damage lung cells. These damaged cells can turn into lung cancer over time. Sometimes lung cancer develops in people who have never smoked. Symptoms such as persistent, chronic cough, hoarseness, fatigue, or any shortness of breath should be checked.
The only way to confirm lung cancer is to have a sample of cells or tissue examined under a microscope. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chances are for effective treatment.
Our team of multispecialty providers offer comprehensive care for lung cancer. They incorporate their knowledge from different clinical areas, working together to conduct a thorough evaluation.
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When lung cancer is detected at an early stage, it has a higher likelihood of being treatable and curable. The key to more successful outcomes is early detection and prompt treatment.
The success of treatment depends on multiple factors, including the stage of cancer, overall health, and the specific characteristics of the cancer. Early detection can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment.
Regular screenings for individuals at high risk, such as being between the ages of 50 and 77, having a family history of the disease, being a current or former smoker, or having a history of exposure to asbestos or other carcinogens can help in early detection of lung cancer.
While each case of lung cancer is unique, early detection, combined with appropriate timely treatment, offers hope for effective management and even cure.
We offer convenient and comprehensive screening programs designed to identify risks and detect early signs.