ABC's Star Newscaster Peter Jennings Succumbed To Lung Cancer Just 4 Months After He Was Diagnosed. What Can We Learn From His Story?
August 17, 2018 11:29 By Fabiosa
The disease that took the life of Peter Jennings
Do you remember Peter Jennings? He was a heavyweight in the world of journalism. Jennings made his debut in broadcasting when he was only 9, hosting a children’s radio show on CBC. For the better part of his life, Jennings worked at ABC. The man was the sole anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight for over two decades, delivering international news to millions of Americans.
Many of his fans still remember that heartbreaking broadcast on April 5, 2005. Some of them had noticed changes in his voice, and their cause finally became known: Jennings announced he had lung cancer.
The star newscaster wasn’t a heavy smoke for all his life, although he admitted he did smoke back in ‘80s and after 9/11. The diagnosis came as a surprise to him and his colleagues at ABC.
After his diagnosis, Jennings started chemo but it couldn’t save him. The cancer had already spread. Four months after he announced his diagnosis to the viewers, Jennings lost his battle with the disease. He died on August 7, 2005, at the age of 67. His work was a prime example of professionalism and integrity, and many of his colleagues still look up to him.
How to lower your risk of lung cancer
Among all types of cancer, lung cancer is the biggest killer. According to the estimates of the National Cancer Institute, more than 154,000 Americans will die of this disease in 2018.
Lung cancer is often found when it’s already advanced. As most other types of cancers, it rarely produces symptoms when it’s just starting to develop. This is why people should do their best to avoid anything that may cause this deadly disease.
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It goes without saying that the most common cause of lung cancer is smoking. Even passive smoking can increase your risk of the disease. If you don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke, your risk of lung cancer decreases dramatically.
Another common risk factor is exposure to radon gas. The CDC recommends getting your home tested for radon, as high levels of this gas are a common problem in American homes.
In addition to that, try to avoid exposure to cancer-causing substances at work. Wear proper protection to limit exposure to potential carcinogens and follow other safety guidelines.
The Mayo Clinic also stresses the importance of diet and exercise in prevention of lung cancer and other cancers. Incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Don’t take any supplements without consulting your doctor first, as these can do more harm than good in some cases. Exercise regularly; choose the type of exercise you actually enjoy so you’ll stay on track.
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Lung cancer and other cancers aren’t always preventable. Despite that, you can take steps to lower your risk, and the earlier you start, the lower your risk will be.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.