Lung Cancer- Symptoms and How to Prevent on Time!
Women are increasingly exposed to toxic substances in their environment while, tragically, the rate of smoking has also increased significantly.
Statistics show that women who have been smoking for more than 10 years have 50% bigger risk of developing this disease.
In addition, the lungs deteriorate prematurely, exposing you to other serious respiratory disorders.
A report produced by the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that in developed countries, lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer among women.
The authors agreed that an increase in smoking habits is mainly responsible for these findings.
“The tobacco epidemic,” as professionals prefer to call it, has spread significantly among consumers. Women even have begun to outnumber men.
Our lungs are respiratory organs that are responsible for supplying oxygen to the rest of the body and expelling carbon dioxide.
Cancer develops when something stimulates the overgrowth of cells. If it’s not diagnosed on time, it can infiltrate other bodily organs and tissues through a process known as metastasis.
One of the reasons that this type of cancer is so deadly is because its initial symptoms are almost always difficult to identify.
At first it may seem like a common respiratory infection and typically patients disguise it using over-the-counter treatments.
The signs become more clear once the disease has become complicated. Some patients still present with subtle symptoms that doctors even misinterpret.
That’s why it’s essential to know what the symptoms are and when we should request a general checkup:
- Feeling tired or fatigued
- A cough or irritation of the throat
- Sudden weight loss
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Wheezing or chest pain
- Phlegm or secretions
- Coughing up blood
- Bone pain
- Obstruction of the superior vena cava
- Regular episodes of fever and susceptibility to pneumonia
In fact, some people don’t have any symptoms at all. They receive their diagnosis through a chest x-ray performed for other reasons.
While cancer isn’t a 100% preventable disease, there are some healthy habits that will decrease your risk.
Cigarette smokers are aware of the dangers this activity entails. Therefore, the probability that they will develop cancer in later years is entirely in their hands.
The best way to prevent this condition is to stop smoking.
After 10 – 15 years, a person who quit smoking will achieve the same risk level of a non-smoker.
Take care of yourself!
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