In 2009, 219,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer

Only smokers get lung cancer

Lung Cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non smokers

Lung cancer is an “old man’s disease.

The five year survival rate is approximately 15%

I stopped smoking 30 years ago, so my risk for lung cancer is the same as someone who never smoked.

Lung cancer research is significantly underfunded.

Lung cancer is not treatable

Every hour approximately 19 people will die from lung cancer.


Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Many individuals with lung cancer are seemingly asymptomatic, at least until the disease has progressed. However, recent studies indicate that although they may be vague, symptoms do exist, including the following:

  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath (dypsnea)
  • Fatigue
  • Chest, shoulder, upper back and arm pain
  • Pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Blood coughed up in sputum
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • General pain
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling in the face or neck

Additional symptoms can include severe headache, bleeding, bone fractures, blood clots, and weakness of the arms and legs.