Non-small cell lung cancer is one of the main types of lung cancer; it is characterized by its numerous stages ranging from stage zero to stage four. Each of the stages of non-small cell lung cancer has its own features depending on the extent at which the cancer has spread. Non-small cell lung cancer is responsible for 80% of lung cancer cases in which people suffer from, it is broader and every stage of it has its own specific treatment.
Non-small cell lung cancer is further divided into four different types, they are:
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma also known as epidermoid carcinoma is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer. Every five out of ten people suffering of non-small cell lung cancer disease is specifically diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. This type of non-small cell lung cancer is mostly common in men. It begins to develop in the lining of the bronchial tubes and it progresses to other parts of the body.
This type of non-small cell lung cancer is mostly common in women; greater percentage of women suffer from this type of non-small cell lung cancer than men do. Adenocarcinoma non-small cell lung cancer forms in the mucus-producing glands of the lungs, from there it spreads further. Nonsmoker are also liable to be victims of this type of non-small cell lung cancer.
Bronchi Alveolar Carcinoma
Bronchi alveolar carcinoma is not really common like other types of non-small cell lung cancer; it is a rare type of adenocarcinoma which generates near the lung air sacs. It is related to adenocarcinoma, and it mostly occurs in women than men.
Large Cell Undifferentiated Carcinoma
From the name, it is obvious that the cells that form the tumor of this type of non-small cell lung cancer are usually large. Large cell undifferentiated carcinoma forms near the outer edge of the lungs. It is the type of non-small cell lung cancer that grows rapidly and it spreads faster to other parts of the lungs.
Moreover, besides these four types of non-small cell lung cancer, there are other types which includes pleomorphic, salivary gland carcinoma, unclassified carcinoma, and others. But, the four types explained above are the basic and most common types of lung cancer suffered by people.