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Lung Cancer

Oncologist and lung cancer expert Dr. Michael Kosty talks with a patient at Scripps in San Diego.

Dr. Michael Kosty, Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scripps Clinic

About lung cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer among both men and women in the United States (not counting skin cancer). It’s also the leading cause of cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Men have a slightly higher chance of developing lung cancer than women.


Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center provides a full range of services to diagnose, treat and prevent lung cancer.

Types of lung cancer

There are three main types of lung cancer. Each type has its own risk factors and treatment approaches.