Mercy Pulmonary Specialist Dr. Michael Lansing Discusses Lung Cancer Among Women
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.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.