Lung Cancer.

Essay by lilmikey112High School, 10th grade December 2005

download word file, 2 pages 3.8

Downloaded 54 times

Lung Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lungs. Lung cancer often spreads through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to other tissues. There are about 157,000 people that die from lung cancer each year. There are four types of lung cancer, which are likely to come up in different parts of the lung. Each type differs in behavior and characteristics. Adenocarcinomas, Squamous cell carcinoma, Small-cell carcinoma, and large-cell carcinomas are the types of lung cancer. Adenocarcinomas is a lung cancer that is created on the outer ends of the lungs and under the inside layer of the bronchial tubes. Squamous cell carcinoma is a lung cancer that begins toward the central part of the lung in the bronchial tubes. Small cell carcinoma is a lung cancer that spreads more quickly and it is characterized by small cells. Large cell carcinoma is a lung cancer that begins along the outer edges of the lung and it is characterized by large abnormal cells.

There are different effects on lung cancer.

Smoking is the biggest factor in developing lung cancer. Smoking in men has decreased by fifty percent since the 1960s; smoking in women had only decreased by twenty percent. But still people smoke, ignoring the risks of getting lung cancer. There are most cases of lung cancer then any other type of cancer. Female smoker outnumber male smoker 9 to1, so for every man smoking there are 9 women. Lung cancer now affects smokers who have stopped smoking and people who still smoke equally.

The symptoms of lung cancer are not usually visible when the disease just begins. The first symptom is breathing problems, like coughing. Some other symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, hoarseness, coughing up fluids. Blood tests and X-rays could be used to determine if...