Sherman Hemsley, the 74-year-old actor best known for his role as George Jefferson, died last month because of a complication of lung cancer, according to the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner. Reports also say that Hemsley was advised to undergo chemotherapy treatments before he passed away.
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Huffington Post reported that Hemsley’s death was specifically caused by a lung cancer complication called superior vena cava syndrome, which occurs when the superior vena cava, one of the body’s major veins, is obstructed, most commonly because of a lung cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What Blacks Need To Know About Lung Cancer
African American men are 1.3 times more likely to have new cases of lung cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men. Is there any way to lower these risks?
First, it’s important to know what can increase lung cancer risks, such as the following:
• Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals such as uranium, beryllium, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, coal products, mustard gas, chloromethyl ethers, gasoline, and diesel exhaust
• Family history of lung cancer
• High levels of air pollution
• High levels of arsenic in drinking water
• Radiation therapy to the lungs
• Radon gas