What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one/both lungs. As they grow, the abnormal cells may form tumors and interfere with the functioning of the lung.

Lung Cancer Symptoms

  • Coughing most of the time
  • Change in a cough you have had for a long time
  • Being short of breath
  • Coughing up phlegm with signs of blood
  • An ache or pain when breathing/coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest infection that doesn’t go away with treatment

Lung Cancer Causes

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to certain chemicals: asbestos, silica, diesel exhaust and others
  • Air pollution
  • Previous lung disease – this includes tuberculosis and Chlamydia pneumonia
  • Family history of lung cancer – primary relative can increase the risk by 51%
  • Past cancer treatment
  • Lowered immunity

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