Lung Cancer Cheat Sheet

In the United States, more than 105,000 women are diagnosed with lung cancer annually.  Risk factors and warning signs may include:

Risk Factors:

  • I smoke, or am around second-hand smoke
  • I have a family history of lung cancer
  • I have not tested my home or workplace for carcinogens (such as radon gas, asbestos, arsenic, silica, and chromium).
  • I have received radiation therapy to my lungs

Warning Symptoms:

  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Voice change
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia

These symptoms can often be similar to other diseases and conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away. You should discuss which of the following diagnostic tools may be appropriate for you: CT scan, Biopsy, Sputum Cytology.

Contact The National Women’s Health Information Center for information on health insurance coverage or free clinics. Visit or call 1-800-994-9662.

Remember, early detection equals survival!

This information was provided by the American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control.

This information was reviewed by the Cancer Schmancer Medical Advisory Board.

Last reviewed: August 2010.