November Brings in Lung Cancer Awareness Month

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago November 04, 2012 Nov 4, 2012 Sunday, November 04 2012 Sunday, November 04, 2012 5:57:00 PM CST in News
By: Lauren Sanguinet

COLUMBIA - November is lung cancer awareness month, which aims to elevate the knowledge of the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. During 2012 there have been 226,160 new lung cancer cases and 160,340 deaths in the United States. 

Each year more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. 

The National Cancer Institute website defines lung cancer as a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope.

About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. The risk for lung cancer in smokers is much higher than among non-smokers and that is not only in cigarette smokers. Cigar smoking and pipe smoking are almost as likely to cause lung cancer as cigarette smoking.

But nonsmokers can also get lung cancer due to exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking adults will die each year from lung cancer related to breathing secondhand smoke. 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and it is the leading cause among non-smokers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. The amount of radon outdoors is very small, but indoors it is more concentrated and therefore more harmful. 

In the early stages of lung cancer there may not be any symptoms, but symptoms may include:

-Chest pain

-Cough that doesn't go away

-Coughing up blood

-Fatigue

-Losing weight without trying

-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Wheezing

Other causes of lung cancer may include the following:

-Asbestos, a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant.

-Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals such as uranium, beryllium, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, coal products, mustard gas, chloromethyl ethers, gasoline, and diesel exhaust

-Family history of lung cancer

-High levels of air pollution

-High levels of arsenic in drinking water

-Radiation therapy to the lungs

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis police detective who admitted beating a handcuffed suspect faces more than four... More >>
43 minutes ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:12:46 PM CDT in Continuous News
Wright County tax collector resigns amid forgery charge HARTVILLE (AP) — A county tax collector in southern Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:46:25 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of Missourians are now eligible for unemployment benefits they may not have recieved after the Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:39:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA- Boone and Cole counties are preparing for Tuesday's primary election. Wednesday was the last day to submit a... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:36:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - A new outdoor activity has been bringing out Missourians to look for hidden rocks since the start of... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:24:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BLACKBURN (AP) — Blackburn residents say they're frustrated with a company that won't maintain the pond it built next to... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:15:26 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - There were three accidents within one hour on Highway 63 North Wednesday afternoon. The accidents slowed down traffic... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:08:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican candidates for Missouri governor are debating Wednesday for the last time before next... More >>
5 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:11:38 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A man was struck and killed by a car Tuesday after jumping from Providence Bridge onto I-70 Westbound.... More >>
8 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:07:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
FREDERICKTOWN (AP) — A lengthy standoff in the eastern Missouri town of Fredericktown has reached a peaceful conclusion. ... More >>
11 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in damages to... More >>
11 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:41:00 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — The reward for information in the July 2013 stabbing death of an Independence man has grown to... More >>
12 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:47:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia hosted a Central Neighborhood follow-up meeting Tuesday evening as a part of its Strategic... More >>
12 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:21:00 AM CDT in News
CHILLICOTHE (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in a northern Missouri county to remember... More >>
13 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:51:13 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutors are seeking to increase the bond for a man accused of shooting a... More >>
15 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - After nearly two months of construction on the Business Loop exit off of I-70, the ramp is set... More >>
17 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:41:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial... More >>
1 day ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:48:43 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have a new truck — an ice cream truck. Police on... More >>
1 day ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:16:23 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
8pm 87°
9pm 84°
10pm 82°
11pm 77°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
The Night Shift
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
The Night Shift
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld