WHAT IS LUNG CANCER?
Our body is made of millions of tiny cells. These cells have many different jobs. Some jobs include helping you think others include helping you breathe. Sometimes cells get confused and make other cells that hurt our bodies. When this happens a tumor can be formed. A tumor is a mass that grows inside our body. Sometimes the tumors aren’t hurtful and sometimes they are. The bad tumors are known as cancer. If the hurtful tumor grows in the lung it is known as lung cancer.
WHAT CAUSES LUNG CANCER?
Lung cancer is caused by many different things. The most common causes of lung cancer are:
- Smoking tobacco (cigarettes, cigar, pipe, chewing tobacco) – Tobacco smoke leaves harmful chemicals in your lungs
- Second Hand Smoke – This is the smoke that is passed from a smoker to someone who isn’t smoking.
- Family history – If a family member has any type of cancer, it is important to tell your doctor.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- A bad cough that doesn’t go away
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in chest
- Feeling tired or weak
- Weight loss