Lung Cancer Risks: Myths and Facts

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Lung Cancer Overview

As per an estimate of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), by the end of 2020, the patients for lung cancer would toll to around 800000 in US alone. As this is one of the most popular kinds of cancer one can have in any developed or other countries. The lung cancer unlike any other types of cancers is the outcome of abnormality found inside the basic unit of patient’s body that is nothing but the cell. Generally, a body simply maintains a system, which helps in checking the right balance over the cell growth that further divides the cell to produce newer cells over the new cells that are required. The disruption found in this kind of system of the check & balances over the cell growth is seen with the result having uncontrolled classification and proliferation of the cells, which eventually is seen forming a mass called a tumour. Now, let’s have an overview of the lung cancer.


Lung Cancer Causes

The lung cancer is developed with having genetic damage to epigenetic & DNA changes. These changes can hamper the usual functions of the cells, which include the cell proliferation, DNA repair and programmed cell death also known as apoptosis. All these damages are seen accumulating, which in turn become the big risk of having cancer. The following are some of the common causes of lung cancer:


  • Smoking
  • Passive Smoking
  • Radon Gas
  • Asbestos
  • Air Pollution
  • Genetic problems



Other causes

There are number of other substances, environmental exposures and occupations, which are linked to lung cancer. As per the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), there are ample amount of evidence to prove that the following carcinogenic found in the lungs:


  • Some metals include cadmium, aluminium and cadmium compound production along with iron and steel founding, etc, are seen bringing up this menace.
  • Some products of combustion with coal gasification, coke production, coal tar pitch and diesel engine exhaust too can be the cause of lung cancer.
  • Ionizing radiation including gamma radiation and plutonium can be the cause of lung cancer
  • Some lethal gases like sulphur mustard, methyl ether, etc can be the cause of the same along with the people working in rubber production units too can have the risk of lung cancer.



Lung Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of lung cancer would vary as per the growth of the tumour. The warning signs pertaining to lung cancer are not often found or simple to identify. The lung cancer may not even be seen causing you the pain or any kind of symptoms over some cases. Any person with lung cancer can have symptoms with the growth of cancer and the invasion of lung tissues in the surrounding tissues that may be seen interfering with the respiration. This can lead to symptoms like breath shortness, cough, chest pain and wheezing and blood cough. If the cancer is seen invading the nerves for instance it can even cause shoulder pain, which even can have paralytic attack as well.


Lung Cancer Treatment in India

The type of lung cancer treatment in India would depend upon the type of lung cancer the patient is suffering from along with the conditions. The Indian oncologists are among the best in terms of experience and exposure when it comes to the treatment of lung cancer. The hospitals dealing with lung cancer are simply the best. Most of the cancer hospitals in India hold the accreditation from quality assurance groups like JCI and other agencies, which put stringent rules pertaining to high quality care and professionalism. When it comes to cost, the lung cancer treatment in India are among the most affordable ones as compared to the developed nations like the US or UK. This gives enough reason for the medical tourists to visit India for the lung cancer.


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