Smokers smoke because they want to. They have their reasons. Non-smokers don’t get it, unless they used to be smokers. But that’s okay; we’re all different. One thing is for certain though, smokers don’t light up hoping to get lung cancer. Crazy, right?
We’ve all felt invincible at one time or another, especially when we’re young. Cancer happens to other people, not us. So what if you smoke? Cancer doesn’t run in your family?
Well, if you’re reading this, and you are (or have been) a smoker and you think you might be impervious to the cellular changes that can lead to cancer, we invite you to take a quiz to see what you know about lung cancer.
Here are a few alarming facts:
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States.
- Each year, over 200,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and nearly 160,000 people will die of the disease.
- Each year, the number of people dying of lung cancer is similar to the number of deaths caused by colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers combined.
- While heavy smokers are at the highest risk for lung cancer, former smokers are also at risk for lung cancer. Nearly 60 percent of all lung cancers are diagnosed in people who have already stopped smoking.