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May 12, 2016

“I Got Lung Cancer Even Though I Never Smoked”

By Kelsey Mohring

Linda Wortman was perfectly healthy, athletic, and enjoying her work as a flight attendant when she found out she had lung cancer. When she received her diagnosis at Mayo Clinic, she snapped, "You have the wrong person; I never smoked!"

As it turns out, lung cancer isn’t just for smokers. For unknown reasons, lung cancer is on the rise among non-smokers and it can happen at any age. So whether you go through a pack a day or have never even touched a cigarette, don't ignore your symptoms. Though a lingering cough, chest pain, shortness of breath or unexplained fatigue can be signs of a number of things, it never hurts to get it checked. In fact, it could save your life.

Three years post surgery, Linda has run a 5K in all 50 states, and has a goal of running on every continent. Talk about determination! Read more about her story.

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