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Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs. Your lungs are two spongy organs in your chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than do colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined.

People who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes you've smoked. If you quit smoking, even after smoking for many years, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing lung cancer.

 

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Kiran Alvi

is working towards her M.S. degree at Columbia’s Journalism School with a specialization in digital media, covering the neighborhood of East Tremont. Kiran has previously worked for Nile TV in Cairo, Patch.com in West Hollywood and Redondo Beach, and Annenberg TV News and NeonTommy.org in Los Angeles. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism and Middle East studies.