Personal Care of Lung’s Health: Avoiding Cancer
Cancer can come in many forms, It can affect even the smallest bone or muscle inside the human body. According to statistics, the leading cause of death in the majority of the worlds population is lung cancer. It is no surprise that our planets ozone layer is being destroyed by chemicals and pollutants that fill our atmosphere, therefore it is not difficult to understand that whoever is breathing in these pollutants can have their health adversely affected.
Throughout the world, cancer is known to be one of the most deadly diseases ever to have affected the human race. The vast majority of medical researchers all over the world, consider cancer to be a “metabolic disease”. Metabolic diseases are those diseases, which are known to affect the human metabolism. As already said, we know that cancer is considered to be a “metabolic disease” and that has been drawn from the fact that, cancer as a disease affects the human cells in the body.
Cells are microscopic living units in the body, which together form all living organs in the body. At any given time or state, the human body is made up of a billion cells, which together constitute the human organs. Cancer as a disease is considered to be a deadly, just because of the fact that the disease affects the human cells. In cancer, abnormal and unusual cells crop up in the human body and they grow and spread in the human body at an alarming and very fast rate.
Usually, the normal cells divide and grow to a certain level and then they die after a short time, unlike the unusual cells which do not follow the normal rate of growth and division. The cancer cells carry on dividing and continue growing unlike the usual cells. The cancer cells unlike the usual cells do not die and start getting clumped together, which in turn forms a tumor.
Lung cancer is a condition wherein there is uncontrolled growth of cells that are malignant inside a person’s lung. People who are most commonly affected by this health problem are those in the age group of 40 and above. Both sexes are affected but this is much more common in men.
One of the most common causes of lung cancer is smoking. It is precipitated more by a person’s lifestyle. Similar with drinking alcohol, smoking can also be influenced by factors like friends, family, and environment. Although lung cancer can also be acquired because of passive smoking.
Passive smoking. Also known as second-hand smoking, is the one contributing major factor as to why lung cancer is prominent. Passive smoking happens when a person, who is with someone who is actively smoking, inhales the smoke coming from the cigarette. It also occurs when airborne pollutants like asbestos dust are inhaled. Just by inhaling smoke coming out from a vehicle’s muffler, you are prone to having a lung cancer.
True, sources of lung cancer are quite rampant but there is no obvious preventive measure rather than avoiding smoke. If you are a smoker, just stop smoking. That can save you at least 7 minutes of your life and therefore you live at least 7 minutes longer per cigarette.
Obviously, the affected part of the body is the lungs. Therefore, if you are experiencing signs and symptoms which are turning severe and you know that you are an active smoker, then now is the time to make a quick visit to your doctor and ask him about your problem. To help you become more aware, here are the signs and symptoms that a smoker or anyone else can experience and perhaps detect lung cancer.
– severe and permanent cough that produces sputum flecked with blood. Cough, at the beginning, may just be like any other cough but as it advances, the cough becomes more prominent and turns out to be a burden. Your chest will develop a painful and heavy feel.
– wheezing and chest pain. Each time you cough out, there will be a wheezing sound that is also similar with the sound that is produced when a person has asthma. The sound will be heard clearly if placed under a stethoscope.
– unexplained loss of weight.
– persistent cough that lasts for weeks or even months.
Bad news is, lung cancer cannot yet be cured. Although radiotherapy, chemotherapy and occasionally, surgery can sometimes lessen the malignant cells inside the lungs but apart from that, there is still no proven cure but divine intervention. Pain-relievers can also be prescribed to relieve the severe pain that is caused by the disease.
Lung cancer has a chance of being prevented only if people will participate. Proper hygiene and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid lung cancer. Personal health care of your lungs is as important as taking care of your heart.