What is Cancer?
A healthy cell goes through a process called The Cell Cycle. The Cell Cycle is the process in which a cell grows, replicates its DNA, and divides to form two daughter cells in order to grow and replace cells, or repair injuries. If this process is disrupted, or malfunctions, the cell commits suicide. (Apoptosis) Cancer is formed when The Cell Cycle is disrupted, the cell does not go through Apoptosis, and it divides and spreads at a rapid, unstoppable rate which can cause tumors.
Cancer cells are like cells that joined the Dark Side. Cancerous cells ignore signals from other cells, divide and spread at rapid, random speeds, avoid programmed cell death, and even spread and affect other parts of the body.
A Tumor is a collection of dead cell growth that is formed when, usually cancerous cells, divide and spread at a rapid pace.
Lung Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of malfunctioning, cancerous cells that infect one or both lungs usually in the cells lining the air passageways. In the U.S. today, of the new cancers diagnosed, 14% will develop lung cancer. Lung Cancer is the cause of over 1,370,000 deaths worldwide each year.
Symptoms and or Warning Signs
- A cough that does not go away or gets worse
- Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
- Hoarseness or Wheezing
- Weight loss
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or weak
- Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don't go away or keep coming back
Lung cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat causing it to be one of the deadliest, with low survival rates. Statistically, around 30 of every 100 people will survive 1 year after they are diagnosed, only 10 of every 100 people will survive after 5 years, and only about 1 of every 100 people will survive after 10 years. Lung cancer is rarely diagnosed within the 1st early stages and usually discovered later when it is already spread throughout the body which is a possible reason why it is so difficult to treat.