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Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States, yet it is one of
the most preventable cancers.
Researchers have discovered several causes of lung cancer, most of which are related
to the use of tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even exposure
to second-hand tobacco smoke. Other known causes of lung cancer include radon gas
and asbestos. Certain lung diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) also increase a
person's chance of developing lung cancer.
Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?
Knowing the risk factors of lung cancer and living a healthy lifestyle play an important
role in the prevention of lung cancer.
Smoking is the number one cause for lung cancer, with about 87 percent of lung cancer cases
thought to be a result of smoking. Former smokers are also at an increased risk
of developing lung cancer. Additionally, those who have had any of the following
exposures or characteristics are also at risk:
- Second-hand smoke
- Smoking marijuana
- Recurring inflammation
- Asbestos exposure
- Cancer-causing agents
- Family history of
- Personal history of lung cancer
- Air pollution.
Early Detection and Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
The Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center offers the latest techniques
in diagnosing lung cancer, including, bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS),
needle aspiration, thoracentesis, and thoracotomy.
Lung Cancer Treatment Options
We offer advanced treatment options for individuals diagnosed with lung cancer,
including high-dose radiation (HDR) therapy. Learn
The Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center participates in national clinical
trials offering patients access to leading-edge treatments for lung cancer. Learn
Cancer Wellness and Rehabilitation
Whether you are newly diagnosed or far along in the treatment process, cancer survivorship
is an important part of the road to recovery. We offer comprehensive cancer rehabilitation / survivorship
services to help you along the way. Learn