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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

Types of lung cancer

Lung cancer has two main types called

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ancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer.

The most common type of lung cancer is NSCLC. It

accounts for 85 out of 100 of all lung cancers that are

diagnosed. NSCLC can be broken down even further

into sub-types. The sub-types are found by looking at

the cancer cells under a microscope. This is known

as histology. The sub-types listed from the most

common to least common are:

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Adenocarcinoma is a type of NSCLC that starts

in the cells that line the alveoli in the lungs.

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Squamous cell carcinoma starts in the cells that

are flat and thin in the airways of the lungs.

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Large cell starts in large cells that can grow

anywhere in the lungs.

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The lungs are a pair of organs in the chest that

are vital to life.

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Lung cancer causes more deaths than any

other cancer in both men and women.

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Lung cancer has two main types called NSCLC

and small cell lung cancer.

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Why get screened?

Types of lung cancer | Review