Lung cancer is leading cause of cancer death in men, women

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

Dr. Praveen Reddy, a medical oncologist and hematologist for Texas Oncology, said lung cancer is one the most common disease they treat every week and smoking is the number one cause.

"The people who smoke are at a significantly higher risk for the development of lung cancer compared to the non-smokers," Dr. Reddy said.

While laws that ban smoking in public places have helped reduce the danger, Dr. Reddy said second-hand smoke is just as dangerous and is still taking lives.

"Like family members, children and your wife or husband whoever you're exposed to," Dr. Reddy said. "Smoking, if you can avoid it there will be a significant decrease in lung cancer incidents."

There is a cancer screening for those at high risk or those who have been smoking a pack a day for 30 years or more.

Dr. Ruby Abrol, a physician for American Lung Association, said through a recent study they found out not a lot of people know about it.
 
"What we are doing with American Lung Association is trying to create more awareness for a Low-dose CT scan or an early screening technique that the high-risk population can use to start screening for lung cancer earlier," Dr. Abrol said

Dr. Abrol also has a message for women as lung cancer takes the lives of more women every year.

"Only 3-percent of women find lung cancer the top-of-mind health concern," Dr. Abrol said. "In fact, one woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with lung cancer every five minutes."

The American Lung Association is also hoping to raise more awareness and save lives through a free screening quiz that will let you know if a screening is recommended.

Click here to take the quiz and find out if you should get screened.

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