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Tri-Cities Cancer Center Encouraging Lung Cancer Awareness

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, health professionals at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center are encouraging people to educate themselves about the warning signs.

They say persistant cough, recurring pneumonia, chest pain, and a change in voice are some of the "late stage" symptoms. Health educators say, unfortunately, there are very few early signs and there is not an effective way to screen for lung cancer like there is for other cancers. In fact, a person can have lung cancer for ten years before it shows up on a chest x-ray.

Educators say 87 percent of cases diagnosed can be attributed to tobacco use or exposure. They say lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer, but also the most preventable.

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