Is Lung Cancer Contagious?

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Article updated and reviewed by Kevin Knopf, MD, MPH; Director of Clinical Research, Annapolis Oncology Center and Associate Staff, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center on July 22, 2005.

Cancer is a disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Lung cancer is any type of malignant (cancerous) growth in the lungs. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women. There will be 158,000 estimated deaths from lung cancer in 1999, which represents 28 percent...

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