Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach, has lung cancer, his son said in a statement to the Associated Press today…Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic. The National Cancer Institute reports that there have been 221,130 new cases of lung cancer so far this year, and 156,940 deaths from the disease. Risk for the disease is highest among smokers, according to the Mayo Clinic, though lung cancer can also occur in never-smokers, too.
Huffington Post, By Amanda Chan, 11/19/11