Dr. Henschke describes how non-smokers are affected by lung cancer.
Today in the U.S. you have about 160,000 deaths from lung cancer each year, and the women are still lagging behind men in that, but they are catching up rapidly. But among never-smokers, there are about 30,000 deaths each year in people who have never smoked, and 20,000 of those are in women. So, even if you have never smoked, you are at risk of lung cancer, and if you have been around people that are smoking, then that increases your risk of lung cancer.
About Dr. Henschke, M.D., Ph.D.:
Dr. Claudia Ingrid Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is an Attending Radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Professor of Radiology in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School. She is a clinical expert in percutaneous fine needle lung biopsies and thoracic radiology and board certified in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Henschke received her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.