Lung cancer is the largest single cause of cancer deaths in the U.S among women. It occurs at a slightly younger age in women than men. Nearly 20% of all women diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked!
Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Other causes may include exposure to radon in the home, second hand smoke, environmental and/or work exposures and genetic predisposition.
Symptoms of lung cancer in women differ than those in men. The most common symptoms of lung cancer in women are fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and back pain.
Your Ob Gyn provider will help your primary care provider screen you for risk of lung cancer. If you are a smoker, your provider will offer you resources for quitting.