Author(s): The Patient Education Institute, Harborview Medical Center

Date Authored: May 1, 2016

Lung X-Ray
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These are reference summaries from a now-retired interactive health education resource. The tutorial explained about lung cancer and was available in Khmer (Cambodian) and Vietnamese, with English pop-up windows.

PDF reference summaries are available in Khmer, Vietnamese and English. See sidebar.

Summary Introduction

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women. Over 165,000 people die of lung cancer every year in the United States. Lung cancer rates among Southeast Asians are 18% higher than among White Americans. Smoking rates are significantly higher among Southeast Asian populations, like Vietnamese and Cambodian. The tobacco companies target Asian neighborhoods in many U.S. cities, with tobacco advertisements on billboards in higher densities than in other neighborhoods. Most cases of lung cancer are related to cigarette smoking. Therefore, if you smoke, it is best to stop smoking as soon as possible. This reference summary will help you to better understand lung cancer and the treatment options that are available.


This resource was a collaborative project between a number of groups and organizations. We would like to thank the following for their support:

  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region
  • National Library of Medicine
  • Community House Calls Program, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training
  • Avon Foundation