Would you be scared if you thought you had lung cancer? Before you answer, don't think of it as a hypothetical. What if you got up one morning and coughed up blood after having been a smoker for many years? Would you be frightened? Imagine that this is real. Also, before you answer, realize that lung cancer is not a quick and painless way to go. It's probably (typically) one of the worst ways to go imaginable. Even if you want and have access to the best treatment available the prognosis is generally quite grim and if it fails, you will probably suffer greatly before you go. Edit - I apologize if this post is a little morbid/disturbing. I tried to word it in the least disturbing way I could think of.