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Some of the Risk Factors of Lung Cancer Other Than Smoking

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If any one of the lung or both the lungs have some kind of uncontrolled and abnormal cell growth then it is known as lung cancer. Lung cancers can be broadly classified into two types

  1. Non-small cells
  2. Small cells.

In addition to these types, there also is a third type where the lung cancers are caused due to the mix of small cells and large cells. As a matter of fact, most of the people suffering from lung cancer will have the mix of cell cancerous types, amounting 87% of the cases.

If you read any cancer blog on the net, then you can find various symptoms of lung cancer. They are as follows –

  • Shortness of breath
  • Regular cough which does not stop easily
  • Onset of wheezing
  • Blood appears while coughing
  • Recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Hoarseness

The most unfortunate part of this disease is that all the symptoms mentioned above will not show up early so that you can take right treatment. All these show up when the patient reaches advanced stage of cancer. Therefore, a person has to remain always very vigilant about their health.

Major causes of cancer

We know that the major cause of lung cancer is because of smoking. Smoking is not only responsible for causing lung cancer, but also cancer in the throat, breast, stomach and many other parts. Besides cancer, it can also cause strokes, heart attacks, asthma, emphysema and many other complications.

If a person smokes more than one packet of cigarette in a day then he/she has 20 to 25 per cent more chances of developing lung cancer as compared to nonsmokers. Also, it is true that all lung cancers are not only due to smoking but a smoker has 85 to 90 per cent chance of getting lung cancer. Therefore, if you are nonsmoker then better avoid it in future too.

Many people therefore think that those who do not smoke can never get lung cancer. Unfortunately, that too is not correct. Even nonsmokers can get affected by lung cancer due to following reasons –

  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Air pollution
  • Exposure to radon
  • Increasing age

Mesothelioma Help Cancer Organziation is helping those people who are suffering from lung cancer and mesothelioma related problems.

Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Most of the patients aren’t aware that they are suffering from Mesothelioma, as the symptoms take about 20-50 years to appear. Doctors use a number of techniques to diagnose it, but only biopsy can confirm Mesothelioma. Once it has been diagnosed, a series of tests needs to be carried such as imaging scans, blood tests, etc.

Stages of Mesothelioma

There are 4 phases of Mesothelioma Cancer. The stages of mesothelioma show how far the cancer has spread from the point of origin. Doctors label them as stage 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Treatment Options

There are a lot of treatment options and only a reputed and specialized doctor can assist you with the right one.

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