Lung Cancer

Have you been diagnosed with lung cancer after years of taking Zantac? You may have ground for a Zantac lung cancer lawsuit if you’re a non-smoker. The FDA believes Zantac may cause several different kinds of cancer, including lung cancer. Zantac and other forms of ranitidine have been recalled due to a possible cancer-causing chemical called NDMA.  Several cancer patients with histories of Zantac use have begun filing lawsuits against the makers of Zantac.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

There are several common symptoms of lung cancer. If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms, please contact a doctor immediately:

  • A new, long-lasting cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Bone pain
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches

How Many Types of Lung Cancer Are There?

There are two main categories of lung cancer, which differ from each other based on how lung cancer cells appear under the microscope. The two categories are:

  • Small cell lung cancer – This is the less common of the two types and happens almost only in heavy smokers.
  • Non-small lung cell lung cancer – This is an umbrella term referring to several types of lung cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

What Are the Risk Factors For Lung Cancer?

There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing lung cancer, including ones that can and cannot be controlled. Some lung cancer risk factors include:

  • Smoking – Smoking is the highest-risk behavior for lung cancer and your risk will increased based on how many cigarettes you smoke each day and the number of years you’ve smoked. However, quitting – no matter your age – can dramatically lower your risk of contracting lung cancer.
  • Second-hand smoke exposure –  Second-hand smoke inhalation due to being around smokers also increases your risk of lung cancer.
  • Family history – You have a higher risk of lung cancer if you have a parent, sibling, or child with lung cancer.
  • Exposure to other asbestos and other carcinogenic substances – Workplace exposure to asbestos is known to cause lung cancer. Other chemicals that can cause lung cancer if you’re exposed to them include arsenic, chromium, and nickel.
  • Previous radiation therapy – If you’ve previously undergone radiation therapy to your chest for another type of cancer, you’re at an increased risk for lung cancer.
  • Exposure to radon gas – Unsafe levels of radon are often found in a variety of buildings, including homes and workplaces. Radon is caused by the natural breakdown of uranium in rock, soil, and water that eventually becomes present in the air.