Lung cancer is known to cause most deaths when it is compared to other cancer types. This disease affects more people every day because the symptoms and signs of lung cancer are not clear and specific to itself. However, researches have found that the leading reason is clearly smoking which apparently invades your lungs for years; and finally cause cancer there.
BUT WHAT IF YOU QUIT SMOKING? Here is the list of 8 things you should know about lung cancer, smoking and other reasons and this list probably change your ideas about it.
1. IT IS THE DEADLIEST TYPE OF CANCER
If you still smoke and don’t change your habits; you are still at risk and go on getting some harmful toxic substances into your lungs and let them invade it, which causes some DNA changes in the lungs. Thus, the risk of lung cancer is apparently increased. That means you should stop smoking immediately not to see some mutations, tumors in your lung.
2. IS THERE A CORRELATION BETWEEN SMOKING HISTORY AND CANCER DEVELOPMENT?
Some people believe that if they smoke a few cigarettes in a day; it will not be harmful to their lung and prevent the development of cancer just because it is a low dose. However, it is not the way they think. Researchers have found that how long time you have smoked is actually more important than how many cigarettes you have smoked until today. So, quantity or quality? Quantity doesn’t matter more than quality; if you are a regular smoker, you are at a greater risk.
3. Passive Smoking
It is known that nearly %20 of the whole lung cancer cases are the ones who have never smoked. These patients are generally passive smokers; they do not smoke at first hand but have some family members and friends who smoke regularly. When you inhale that smoke; it is the apparently same thing with smoking at first hand, which increases the risk again.
4. Other Types of Smoking
We have said that if you quit smoking, it will also decrease the risk of lung cancer development. Because how long you have smoked is more important and puts people at a greater risk than usual. 100 cigarettes in your whole life are enough to make the way for tumor development in your body.
You should know that smoking weed, marijuana, pipes; briefly, all types of tobacco products can cause it. None of them is innocent.
5. RADON AND ASBESTOS
Radon is a natural gas and some research findings claim that radon gas is rather common in the USA compared to other countries. It doesn’t have a color or odor; which makes it more dangerous. If you inhale radon a lot and regularly; it can also reason in lung cancer development in the lungs. This can be stored in indoors just like your basement; that’s why you should check EPA and get further information about radon; follow here.
6. 100 CIGARETTES =RECIPE TO LUNG CANCER
Did you know that? Having 100 times of smoking tobacco products in your lifespan is enough to make the way for lung cancer; it includes enough amount of chemicals and toxic substances which can develop the tumor in your lung and change its’ DNA. So, people who call themselves “social smokers” are at risk.
7. IT DOESN’T HAVE UNIQUE EARLY SYMPTOMS
Lung cancer surely have some symptoms to be diagnosed but the problem is that these are not specific early symptoms; it is generally at an advanced stage when people learn that they suffer from lung cancer. Lung cancer can cause coughing endlessly, coughing with blood, chest pain, pain in bones, loss of appetite, loss of weight, fatigue and etc.; however, these are generally neglected by people. That’s why people who have smoked for years; smoked for three decades; quit smoking 10-15 years ago and the ones whose age is between 55-70 should be screened. When these people undergo a chest scan; the lung cancer is diagnosed when it is in stage 1; which is rather curable.
8. EARLIER DIAGNOSIS MEANS MORE CURABLE LUNG CANCER
If you have a smoking history, you should have your chest checked with a low dose of CT; it can diagnose the lung cancer at early stages. You should know that if the cancer is diagnosed at early stages; the general health condition of the patient is clearly better than other stages and they can overcome a few treatment attempts; today, the research on cases have shown that recovery rate has increased much because of early diagnosis.
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