Lung cancer is not only something smokers get - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/16/10

Lung cancer is not only something smokers get

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women and in every ethnic group.  A lot of people think if they don't smoke, they'll never get the disease, but Angela Franks knows that's not always the case.  Both her parents smoked until she was 12, at age 28, Angela began coughing up blood.  A chest x-ray showed a spot on her lung, which turned out to be cancer.  Now, she wants to get the word out to others that anyone can get lung cancer and anything suspicious, like coughing up blood should be consulted with a physician.

"I waited for two years after having symptoms before I went to the doctor and my situation could've been much different had my cancer not been growing very slowly," said Angela Franks, a lung cancer survivor.

Early detection is key to surviving lung cancer. Sometimes, lung cancer comes with no warning, but Angela was lucky that she took her symptoms to the doctor because now, after finishing chemotherapy she is cancer free.

"Probably one of the most common things is a cough. Other things can be shortness of breath, coughing up blood, weight loss," said Gary Kohler, M.D., a Pulmonologist.

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