Lung cancer is a disease that occurs when cells damaged by cancer create masses or tumors in the lungs. This type of cancer generally begins in the airways but can spread to the lungs and eventually other organs if left untreated. Lung cancer is a general term for multiple forms including non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.
There are different stages of lung cancer that are defined by the size of the tumor, the impact it has had on the tissues around it, and whether it has spread to other areas of the body. The range of stages begins at Stage 0 and goes up to Stage IV. The higher the number, the more advanced the cancer has become.
80% of lung cancer can be attributed to the use of tobacco products. Treatment of lung cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical removal of the tumor or lung.
It’s important to screen for lung cancer in order to catch it early, especially for regular tobacco users. Schneck offers lung cancer screenings and our team of cancer care specialists is ready to help no matter the diagnosis.