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Demographics & Statistics - Who Gets Lung Cancer?
What Causes Lung Cancer?
Lung Cancer Basics: Overviews & Introductions
How the Respiratory System Works

Demographics & Statistics - Who Gets Lung Cancer?

Women & Lung Cancer (
General information and facts on how and why lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women.

Lung & Bronchus: US Racial/Ethnic Patterns (National Cancer Institute)
Provides a brief overview of the incidence of lung cancer among racial/ethnic groups.

Cancer Statistics, 2005 (American Cancer Society)
v. 55, no. 1 CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (Jan/Feb 2005):10-30
Comprehensive cancer statistics, including lung cancer. Provides an overview of cancer frequency, incidence, mortality and survival. [2/05]

What Causes Lung Cancer?

What Causes Lung Cancer? (American Cancer Society)
Describes the causes of lung cancer, including tobacco smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon and various other environmental agents. Briefly addresses the role of personal and family history, diet and gender in the development of lung cancer. [1/05]

Secondhand Smoke: Questions & Answers (National Cancer Institute)
Defines environmental tobacco smoke (also called "second-hand smoke") and how it can cause respiratory illnesses in non-smokers, including lung cancer in healthy, adult nonsmokers. [2/05]

Asbestos Exposure: Questions & Answers (National Cancer Institute)
Provides information on asbestos: what it is, the health hazards of asbestos exposure, including lung cancer, how to protect yourself from asbestos exposure and what to do if you have been exposed to asbestos. Points out that smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a greatly increased risk of lung cancer. [7/03]

Radon & Cancer: Questions & Answers (National Cancer Institute)
General fact sheet about radon: what it is and how it can cause cancer, including lung cancer. [1/98]

Lung Cancer Basics: Overviews & Introductions

Lung Cancer (American Association for Cancer Research)
AACR fact sheet provides a concise overview and introduction to lung cancer: description, statistics, early detection and diagnosis, latest research, current treatment and resources. [n.d.]

Understanding Cancer of the Lung (CancerBACUP)
Provides an introduction to lung cancer. Covers lung cancer causes, symptoms and types. Addresses diagnosis, testing and treatments (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, laser therapy), and symptom relief, among other topics. [9/05]

What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer (National Cancer Institute)
Information booklet describes lung cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Covers emotional support, questions for your doctor, side effects and resources. [9/02]

CancerQuest: The Biology of Cancer
Nonprofit website intended to teach the biology of cancer to cancer patients, their family and friends, and others interested in gaining a general understanding of the disease process and current approaches to treatment. Topics include: the building blocks, cell structure, information flow, cell division, genetic change, the genes of cancer, tumor biology, diagnosis and detection, cancer treatments and clinical trials.

How the Respiratory System Works

The Respiratory System (University of Bristol)
Describes the respiratory system and how it works. Topics include: the lungs, pleurae, rib cage, diaphragm, intercostal muscles, inspiration and expiration. [7/01]


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