Lung cancer, as with most cancers, there are usually no symptoms until the cancer has spread significantly to other parts of the body. This disease is extremely common and is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Mostly all cases of lung cancer are caused or linked through smoking. Lung tumors usually start in the bronchi, the airways of the lungs, this is known as primary cancer. Symptoms of lung cancer include:
Blood in the mucus
The ‘smoker’s cough’
Pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm or hand
Recurring bronchitis or pneumonia
Shortness of breath, wheezing and persistent chest pain
Swelling of the neck and face
If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body:
Loss of weight
Very bad headaches
Your genetic pattern, smoking and passive smoking are all reputed causes of lung cancer. Non-smokers who are with smokers are at a somewhat higher risk than others of contracting lung cancer. Workers who are exposed to silica, coal dust, asbestos, mineral dusts, arsenic, or the radioactive gas Radon on a daily basis are a lot more likely to develop lung cancer than the average person. Diet is another factor which may influence the risk of lung cancer.
It has been suggested that certain vitamins and minerals can offer protection against lung cancer. Various antioxidants, which include Vitamins A, C and E and some other carotenoids help protect the lungs from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke and other carcinogens.
Not smoking is the best way to prevent lung cancer.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as you develop any of the symptoms mentioned above.
As soon as conventional treatment is under way, you may try use alternative therapies which might help alleviate the pain, fear and discomfort of cancer. Some of these are improved diet and nutrition, support group therapy, yoga, meditation and massage.
A patient has an excellent chance of survival if surgery is an option, the challenge comes in detecting lung cancer early enough to make surgery possible. There are few factors which need to be considered before surgery is performed, the doctor will have to look at what type of lung cancer and how far it has spread, he must also consider the patient’s overall health, as well as other conditions and diseases which may prevent him from performing surgery such as heart problems.
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