With knowledge of lung cancer risk factors, people can take steps to reduce their chances of developing the disease. While some risk factors – such as age, genetics, and family history – can’t be changed, others can be. Further, understanding the range of both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors can provide important insights on your likelihood of developing risk factors, and can help you talk with your physician about your risk profile and any monitoring or other steps that may be indicated. Consult with cancer care medical experts in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and the Washington, D.C., area at Regional Cancer Care Associates, and learn about the major lung cancer risk factors.
The leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S., lung cancer arises because of changes in the cells of the lungs. These changed cells grow faster than normal cells, damaging lung tissue in the process, and forming tumors. There are two main types of lung cancer – small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and the more common non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). There are several subtypes of these main types of lung cancer, as well as other forms of lung cancer, such as lung carcinoid tumors. Becoming aware of lung cancer risk factors can encourage appropriate screenings early detection, and effective cancer treatment. Risk factors include:
People with lung cancer may experience a variety of symptoms. Watching for the following symptoms and telling your doctor about them promptly can help ensure early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer:
It is important to understand that many of these symptoms, such as a persistent cough, may represent any number of conditions, and do not necessarily mean that a person has lung cancer. However, it is important to have the symptom evaluated by a physician without delay to identify and address the cause of the problem.
Because there are several types of lung cancer, treatment options vary. Based on the type of diagnosis, stage of the lung cancer, overall health of the individual patient and other factors, the expert doctors at Regional Cancer Care Associates develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Awareness of lung cancer risk factors and symptoms can help speed diagnose and ensure early initiation of treatment. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, patients with lung cancer, other forms of cancer, or blood disorders receive the latest therapies and compassionate care from physicians and other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcomes for their patients. With 25 care centers throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area, you can find help close by. Make an appointment at a Regional Cancer Care Associates location convenient to where you work and live today.
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