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Lung cancer is the most uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lung Normal lung tissue is made up of cells that are programmed by nature to create lungs of a certain shape and function Sometimes the instructions to a cell go haywire and that cell and its offspring reproduce wildly without regard for the shape and function of a lung That wild reproduction can form tumors that clog up the lung and make it stop functioning as it should Because of the large size of the lungs cancer may grow for many years undetected without causing suspicion In fact lung cancer can spread outside the lungs without causing any symptoms Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States accounting for about 15 percent of all cancer cases or 170000 new cases each year At this time over half of the lung cancer cases in the United States are in men But today lung cancer will kill approximately 68800 women in the US this year--more than breast and ovarian cancer combined Just over the last couple of decades the numbers of lung cancer deaths for women skyrocketed to 150 while the number of men increased by 20 Research shows that women are approximately 15 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men Most lung cancer cases are smoking-related Tobacco contains 4000 chemicals many of which are proven carcinogens Hundreds of these chemicals increase the cancer-causing power of carcinogens Squamous cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma are the most common types found in smokers but adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma also are related to smoking The US Surgeon General reports that in the hospital based study the odds for lung cancer were higher among black woman than white women at each level of tar exposure The risk is increasing for women as more women have started to smoke and at a younger age Fortunately Americans on the whole are smoking
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