Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
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Although lung cancer is biggest cancer killer, women believe breast cancer is a bigger concern
Wed May 14, 2014 09:44 PM
I guess I am one of the lucky ones. In 2002, I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the upper right lung. After that was surgically removed and pronounced clear, I then came down with squamous cell lung cancer in the lower right of the same lung, that was treated with cyberknife in 2007. According to the doctor, I have been stable (thank goodness). I am a non-smoker, so I am convinced it was from breathing in second hand smoke. The only symptom I had was several sinus infections, sometimes bronchitis. Since then, I don't think I've had more than 1 or 2 sinus infections. If you get sinus infections every 6-8 weeks, ask for a chest X-ray. The life you save may be your own.
Thu May 15, 2014 04:53 AM
I am a non-smoker who consiously avoided second-hand smoke whenever possible, and still I came down with lung cancer. It was discovered accidently through a routine chest xray when I was admitted to the hospital emergency room for a different problem. I never had symptoms, and, still have no symptoms 10 months after being diagnosed. I was lucky, in that there is a targeted treatment for my specific mutation of the cancer: I take one pill a day and the cancer is being held at bay for the time being. Perhaps a chest xray should be given every couple of years just like a mammography.
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