Sherman Hemsley & Lung Cancer: How Blacks Can Lower Their Risks

    Sherman Hemsley smiling at a press event wearing a black hat and black sweaterSherman 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.

    Celebrate Your Health! LIKE BDO on Facebook!

    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.

    READ: Sherman Hemsley Dies

    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:

    • Asbestos
    • 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

    1 2 Next page »

    Follow

    Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

    Join 952 other followers