Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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Epidemiology and Etiology

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 154,050 deaths in 2018. Smoking is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, with over 90% of cases being tobacco related. The risk of smoking-related lung cancer persists for 20–30 years after quitting smoking. Other environmental risks include exposure to asbestos and possibly, gases such as radon.

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