Lung Cancer Not on Many Women's Radar: Survey

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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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