JAN 12, 2017 4:29 AM PST

Lung Cancer Doesn't Just Strike Smokers


Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, but it's not just a smoker's disease. 15% of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. They may have a family history of it, or they may have been exposed to environmental toxins like asbestos, radon or diesel fumes. It's also striking younger people.

If lung cancer is caught early, in Stage 1 where it's a small nodule that isn't causing any symptoms, cure rates are very high. The problem is most people do not seek treatment until they have shortness of breath, frequent pneumonia or upper respiratory infections or becoming easily fatigued. Another sign is a persistent cough. Especially in winter months, many attribute these symptoms to a lingering cold or virus. A new program from the American Lung Association, called Lung Force is trying to raise awareness that lung cancer can strike younger people and non-smokers.
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