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Oncologic Emergencies and Chemotherapy Complicationsa 

Oncologic Emergencies and Chemotherapy Complicationsa
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Oncologic Emergencies and Chemotherapy Complicationsa
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Timothy J. Moynihan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464868.003.0066
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date: 19 October 2019

Each year in the United States, approximately 220,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed and approximately 158,000 people die of lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for approximately 27% of all cancer deaths. Most patients with a new diagnosis of lung cancer are older than 65 years. About 95% of lung cancers in men and about 80% of lung cancers in women result from cigarette smoking. Men who smoke 1 to 2 packs per day have up to a 25-fold increased risk for lung cancer compared with men who have never smoked. The risk of lung cancer for a former smoker decreases with time.

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