Lung cancer is the cause of about thirty percent cancer deaths in men and about twenty percent cancer deaths in women. Lung cancer is therefore a big public health challenge.
Lung cancer is the cause of about thirty percent cancer deaths in men and about twenty percent cancer deaths in women. Lung cancer is therefore a big public health challenge. Even more interesting is the fact that almost ninety percent of people with lung cancer were once smokers or are still smoking. This is therefore an indicator that smoking is the major cause of lung cancer. Tobacco smoke carcinogens cause not only lung cancer but also a number of other chronic lung diseases. Smoking has also been associated with other complications in the pancreas, liver and other body organs. These facts are strong pointers as to why any current smoker should consider quitting smoking.
You may not see the need to quit smoking immediately since lung cancer does not develop instantly. It takes a while to develop and the time taken is relatively dependent on the amount of smoking one does. Therefore, lung cancer sets in when one is at the ages of between fifty and sixty onwards. Even though the cancer will take a while to develop the effects of the carcinogenic substances may begin immediately. You may experience some lung problems such as persistent coughs, bronchitis among others. These are some of the signs that should alert you to quit smoking. This is because of abnormal cells developing in the lining of the lungs. These abnormal cells later transform and become malignant and form cancer cells. This means that if you quit smoking early then you reduce your chances of getting lung cancer. This is because when you quit smoking the abnormal cells lining the lungs are gradually replaced by normal cells as the body tries to replace the damaged cells. After a few years the risk of developing lung cancer may reduce to almost the same as that of a non smoker. However, this is only effective in reducing lung cancer risk if you quit smoking early enough. If you quit smoking early enough you not only reduce risk of lung cancer but you also reduce risk of developing other smoking related diseases such as chronic bronchitis, heart diseases among others.
Generally, the more you smoke the more you increase your chances or risk of getting lung cancer as compared to a non smoker. There is a saying that goes that every cigarette you smoke reduces your life by seven minutes, this may not be true literally. However, there is some truth to the statement since the more you smoke the greater your risk of developing lung cancer and other lung related complications. This further reduces your life span. Remember, the longer and the more you smoke the greater your risk of developing cancer.
It is very difficult to treat lung cancer and almost eighty percent of those diagnosed with it die within five years of the diagnosis. There are two types of cancer, one is called non small cell cancer and the other is small cell lung cancer which is more deadly since it spreads to other parts of the body quickly and causes spread of the cancer.