TEANECK, N.J. -- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Teaneck officials would like all of their residents to be aware of the dangers of smoking.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States and the second-most common form of cancer. Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate) according to the American Lung Association. More than 160,000 American die each year from lung cancer.
The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking and is rare in non-smokers. Approximately 90 percent of those who develop this disease are smokers. The risks of developing lung cancer increase with age, amount of exposure and concentration of tobacco products.
Lung cancer typically does not cause symptoms for many years. Some of the symptoms associated with lung cancer are:
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breathe
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent and repeated bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections
- Discolored phlegm or spit
Some of the risk factors for developing lung cancer are:
- Smoking cigarettes and/or other tobacco products
- Family history
- Exposure to second hand smoke
- Exposure to asbestos, radon, chromium, tar or arsenic
- Exposure to certain industrial chemicals and carcinogens
For more information on lung cancer, go here .