SAN DIEGO. November 8, 2016– Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America.
In 2011, 14% of all cancer diagnoses and 27% of all cancer deaths were due to lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Every 2.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, and 433 people will die from lung cancer today, according to LUNGevity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. will receive a lung cancer diagnosis, and more than 150,000 will die from this disease.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women.
Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, accounting for up to approximately 90% of those who are diagnosed.
Inhaling a byproduct of cigarette smoke, including other tobacco related products, is second-hand smoke which is also a known cause of cancer and a killer.
Cancer caused by cigarette smoking can also be found in areas of the mouth, voice box, and more.
It is interesting to note that lung cancer is also caused by environmental factors such as automotive emissions, building materials, radiation therapy, and chemicals found in some drinking waters.
The American Lung Association describes what lung cancer fundamentally is and how it occurs in the human body:
-Lung cancer are cancer cells which begin in the lungs and grow out of control.
-Cancer cells mutate and cluster to form a tumor.
-The cause of mutating cells in the lung are due to inhaling toxic chemicals.
-The two most common types of lung cancer are small cell lung cancer and
non-small cell lung cancer.
-The third type of type of lung cancer cells are known as carcinoids.
Lung cancer is oftentimes overlooked due to the difficulty to both identify and diagnosis it.
Symptoms of having lung cancer might be as common as having vocal hoarseness, a cough which persists, developing a blood clot, experiencing shortness of breath or coughing up blood.
If experiencing these symptoms whether or not a smoker, seek advice from a qualified medical provider.
Early detection is critical in preventing deaths from lung cancer.
To prevent lung cancer, one of the best measures is never smoking.
Or, if a smoker, quitting immediately,
Celebrate Lung Cancer Month and join thousands across America who are coming together in a unified voice to put an end to lung cancer.
For further information about Lung Cancer Month and how to become involved, contact the following organizations:
1. The American Lung Association
-Education -Advocacy -Research
2. Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting National Cancer Institute Harms of smoking fact sheet
3. National Cancer Institute Cigar Smoking and Cancer
Cigars and cancer fact sheet
4. LUNGevity Facebook/LUNGevity
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!