Mercy Pulmonary Specialist Dr. Michael Lansing Discusses Lung Cancer Among Women

November 12, 2019
The Lung Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Lung cancer isn’t just affecting smokers, research shows about 10-15% of lung cancer is found in non-smokers.

According to pulmonary specialist Dr. Michael Lansing of Mercy Personal Physicians at Reisterstown, of the non-smokers who develop lung cancer, two-thirds are women.

It’s part genetics, but also anatomy. Women have smaller lungs, so they don’t clear the toxins as well.

There are several reasons why non-smokers develop lung cancer.

"People can get radon, which is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer from that exposure. There’s asbestos exposure that occurs, there’s also genetic factors involved and there’s secondhand smoke which is big, and now there’s even something called third-hand smoke where people smoke in other parts of the house and they still get the affects from the ventilation," he said.

It’s important to remember the lung is the only organ that has direct communication with the external environment so it’s exposed to everything.

View Mercy’s Dr. Michael Lansing’s interview about lung cancer in women.

Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

Email: Office: 410-332-9714 Cell: 410-375-7342

About Mercy

Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.

News and Events