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Lung cancer affecting more nonsmokers

Lung cancer affecting more nonsmokers

As an exercise buff who ate a nutritious diet and shunned cigarettes, Brittany Smith didn't expect to get lung cancer.

Smith's doctors in San Antonio didn't think the youthful 37-year-old nonsmoker could have the deadly disease, either, in February 2015, when she sought help for a bad cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing and weight loss.

Even a local pulmonologist said a watch-and-wait approach was safe, after a biopsy showed her tumor was nonconclusive.

When lung cancer was finally diagnosed at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., in May, Smith joined a growing number of nonsmokers — mainly women — who get...

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