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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Doctors diagnose close to 228,000 people with new lung cancers each year.
Although lung cancer can occur at any age, people over 65 are more likely to receive the diagnosis.
Cancer occurs when normal cells begin to divide and grow quickly. In the lungs, cancer can grow in several ways depending on the type of cell it affects.
When you breathe, air enters your trachea, which branches into two bronchi — one for each lung. The bronchi divide into smaller tubes, or bronchioles. These carry air to tiny sacs in the lungs called alveoli.
The alveoli absorb oxygen from the air you breathe and remove carbon dioxide from your blood.
Lung cancers often begin in the cells that line the bronchi.
The main types of lung cancer are:
At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we have the resources and expertise to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based care to people with lung cancer.
A standard lung cancer screening involves meeting with a respiratory therapist and having a CT chest scan.Read more about lung cancer screenings.
The program's multidisciplinary team combines the expertise of thoracic surgeons, oncologists, pulmonologists, and pathologists to provide a complete continuum of care.Learn about the lung cancer treatment program.
Our doctors offer a full range of treatments, including:Read more about lung cancer treatment options.
Read a Q&A with lung cancer expert Dr. David O. Wilson.Learn more from UPMC HealthBeat.