Lung Cancer

By Justin A D2 11/12/15

Introduction


Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both of someones lungs. When you get diagnosed with lung cancer the abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal lung cells and don't develop into healthy lung tissue. The abnormal cells can form tumors and once they cover the lung or lungs it cuts off oxygen to the blood and then can kill you.

Facts about Lung Cancer


  1. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States and the most common cancer worldwide. Fewer than 2 percent of all cases are found in people younger than 45.

  2. 81% of those living with lung cancer are over the age 60

  3. In 2012 157,423 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 86,689 men and 70,734 women.

  4. Black people are more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than people of any other racial or ethnic group

  5. Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined and it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths

  6. Lung cancer passes breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States in 1987

  7. It now claims the lives of more women each year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined

  8. More than 350,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point

  9. Men who smoke are 23 percent more likely to develop lung cancer and women are 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men

  10. Lung cancer can spread on and around the lungs before even being detected and before you get the signs that you have the cancer such as a cough that doesn't go away or gets worse or major weight loss and loss of appetite

How to prevent Lung cancer

There isn't a cure for lung cancer but there are things you can do to prevent it or try to stop it. To prevent Lung cancer the only thing you can do is stop smoking if you do and if you don't smoke than your fine. You can also eat a large diet of fruits and vegetables a week while also exercising as much as you can. One of the most important things you can do is get your house and work place checked for radon so your not exposed to it.

Citations

"Lung Cancer Statistics." Lung Cancer Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015

"How Many People Get Lung Cancer?" How Many People Get Lung Cancer?N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.

"Lung Cancer." Cancer.Net. N.p., 25 June 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2015

How to improve or maintain your health

You could try to eat better or get more exercise or you could cut down on alcohol and even give up tobacco if you take it. Even things like keeping your stress level under control may help. Another thing you can do is eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet