Legendary Penn State Coach Joe Paterno has died of lung cancer.
Lovingly known as “Joe Pa” in his 46 year stint as Head Coach at Penn State, Paterno held the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record. His team went undefeated in five different seasons, and he won two national championships.
He was fired by Penn State in October for his lack of action in the sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Only a month later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had a rapid down-hill course.
1. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. The WHO (World Health Organization) says that about 1.4 million people will die of lung cancer each year.
2. It is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute: It is estimated that there will be 226,160 new cases and 160, 340 deaths from lung cancer in the United States in 2012.
3. Cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers.
4. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk.
5. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase risk.
6. There are two main types:
7. Common symptoms include:
8. Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
9. For most patients with non-small cell lung cancer, current treatments do not cure the cancer.
If lung cancer is found, taking part in one of the many clinical trials being done to improve treatment should be considered. Clinical trials are taking place in most parts of the country for patients with all stages of non-small cell lung cancer. Information about ongoing clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.