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Lung Cancer

  • Posted: 09/17/2012

The Lungs

Your lungs are a pair of large organs in your chest. They are part of your respiratory system

Air enters your body through your nose or mouth. It passes through your windpipe (trachea) and through each bronchus, and goes into your lungs.

When you breathe in, your lungs expand with air. This is how your body gets oxygen.

When you breathe out, air goes out of your lungs. This is how your body gets rid of carbon dioxide.

Your right lung has three parts (lobes). Your left lung is smaller and has two lobes.

Inside the chest are two thin layers of tissue (the pleura). One layer covers the lungs and the other layer lines the inside of your chest.

This is a picture of the lungs and nearby tissues.
This is a picture of the lungs and nearby tissues.