UF Health Lung Cancer Program: About Lung Cancer

Respiratory Anatomy

Learn more about the respiratory system and how it works.

What is Lung Cancer?

Doctors reviewing X-raysLung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in other areas of the respiratory system, including the trachea, bronchioles, or alveoli. It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

About 10 to 15 percent of all lung cancers are the small cell type. Learn more about small cell lung cancer.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

About 8 to 9 out of 10 cases of all lung cancers are the non-small cell type.  Learn more about non-small cell lung cancer.

Malignant Mesothelioma

 A cancerous tumor of the mesothelium is called a malignant mesothelioma, but this is often shortened to just mesothelioma. Learn more about mesothelioma

Tumors of the Mediastinum

Mediastinal tumors are growths that form in the area that separates the lungs. Learn more about mediastinal tumors.