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Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer affecting men and women. Each year, there are more than 235,000 new lung cancer diagnoses. There are also an estimated 131,000 deaths related to lung cancer. Each year, there are more deaths from lung cancer than from colon, prostate and breast cancers combined.

Types of Lung Injuries

At, we focus on four of the most common types of lung injuries. Learn more about their causes, symptoms and treatment options.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer develops in one lung and can spread to the other, to lymph nodes, and to other parts of the body. It is most often caused by smoking or secondhand smoke, but can also be caused by exposure to certain toxic substances. Early detection and treatment is crucial to a favorable prognosis.

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Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that grows in the mesothelium (thin layer of tissue) lining the lungs or other organs. It is most often caused by exposure to asbestos. There are treatments for mesothelioma, but sadly, the survival rate is low.

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Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that develops in mucus-secreting glands. It most commonly occurs in the lungs, prostate, pancreas, esophagus and colon. It can be treated with minimally-invasive surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.

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Silicosis is a lung disease that develops when fine particles of crystalline silica are inhaled into the lungs. These particles cause inflammation and fluid buildup. Silicosis often develops months or even years after exposure to silica dust.

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Did you know?

Many lung injuries can be prevented by avoiding contact with hazardous products, substances or work environments.

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