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This information has been produced by ELF and has been reviewed by members of the European Respiratory Society who are experts in the field, as well as individuals with experience of lung cancer.



Lung cancer is a cancer of the trachea (windpipe), bronchi (airways) or lung air sacs (alveoli).

This webpage will look specifically at the two main types of lung cancer that occur most often.

The two main categories of lung cancer are:

This webpage does not cover mesothelioma, a type of cancer that grows in the lining around the lungs and is usually caused by breathing in asbestos dust. See our information page about occupational lung disease.

The information on this webpage will also be available as downloads in 15 languages very soon.