Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach, has lung cancer, his son said during a statement to the Associated Press these days. Paterno had been previously sick with bronchial illness and learned of the diagnosis at a follow up appointment last weekend.
Paterno, 84, was recently fired from the university amidst allegations that his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused young boys.
The news of Paterno’s cancer happens to come back throughout Lung Cancer Awareness Month, aimed toward raising education and awareness round the disease.
What is Lung Cancer?
According to MayoClinic, Lung Cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs. Your lungs are two spongy organs in your chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include:
- A new cough that doesn’t go away
- Changes in a chronic cough or “smoker’s cough”
- Coughing up blood, even a small amount
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Bone pain