Dr. Patel shares how a woman who never smoked can still acquire lung cancer, and how often this occurs.
Lung cancer in never-smokers is being increasingly recognized. We think about 25,000 people in the United States who have never smoked will develop lung cancer this year. The vast majority are women; many of them are younger. It is unclear exactly what happens. We think it is very likely that there are multiple events. Maybe you have a genetic susceptibility; maybe you had second-hand exposure or environmental reasons.
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