All people are at risk of having cancer and, although healthy lifestyle is crucial in this matter, early detection is essential to treatment.
When it comes to lung cancer, there is an incredible rate of the affected. Only in the United Kingdom, about 40 thousand people suffer from this condition, and in the United States, 222 thousand people are diagnosed with it every year.
This has to do with the fact that lung cancer is considered one of the most 'invisible' due to the difficulty of spotting and associating its symptoms, especially in the early stages, when it does not always show. Sometimes, its symptoms are taken for the less dangerous common conditions and are ignored without doing the corresponding tests.
These are the symptoms that you should pay attention to:
A persistent cough
It is present in 75% of the cases, according to the medical journal Surgery. Although a cough is a symptom of many diseases, it can be an alarm to check for other symptoms. A cough can be caused by irritation of the air passageways.
It can be dyspnea or shortness of breath, but it can also occur due to the tumors obstructing airways, thus changing their resistance to many activities such as climbing the stairs.
Some people report chest pain getting more intense when they cough, take a deep breath or laugh. It is caused by tumor invading the chest wall.
Coughing up blood
This sign is very alarming, and it makes even the most neglectful patients visit a doctor. The blood may vary in color and may not always be due to cancer.
Pneumonia or bronchitis
Lung cancer leaves the respiratory organs vulnerable, so infections become more frequent.
Who is affected
Nobody is safe, but older people between 70 and 74 should be more attentive to the symptoms.
How to prevent this terrible disease
The essential thing is to avoid consuming harmful substances as they play a decisive role in this matter.
In addition to bad habits, avoid exposure to chemicals, such as radon, at home or at work. Radon is a colorless gas, which is responsible for 30% of the cancer cases among people without bad habits. It is estimated that 1 in 15 houses may have high levels of radon.
A life with a healthy diet and no bad habits can reduce these odds.
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