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Lung Cancer Becoming Common in Women as WellBY: Ritu Choudhary | Category: Lung Cancer | Submitted: 2010-08-08 18:06:10
What is lung cancer?
The lung is an organ commonly affected by cancer. It may be primary or secondary tumors. The primary lung cancer are actually cancers of the bronchi. Secondary tumors is develops lung metastases from primary tumors in other organs.
The lung cancer is one of the most common in the world. There are more than 30,000 new cases each year. The strong male predominance (9 men to 1 woman) tends to decrease with increase in cases of smoking females. Indeed, tobacco is one of the main factors responsible for cancer of the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and is third place in women.
Risks and prevention strategies in lung cancer
Risk factors for cancer of the lung are related to the inhalation of carcinogens, the most common is tobacco. Products such as radon or asbestos fibers can also enhance the appearance of lung cancer. It is therefore recommended deport a mask in the presence of these products and avoid inhaling them up.
It is unfortunately very difficult to detect early lung tumors, because of their location or their size. Avoiding contact with carcinogens remains the best way to protect themselves. When handling product throughout the day, it is preferable to seek medical work to verify the safety conditions.
Risk factors for lung cancer
The main cause of lung cancer is smoking. Inhalation of toxic substances is also a factor that can promote the development of lung cancer. However, sometimes this respiratory cancer develops without exposure to specific carcinogens.
Detection and diagnosis of lung cancer
It is extremely difficult to detect early lung cancer due to the small size of tumors and their location. A chest x-ray or CT scan do not always distinguish tumor, or determine whether they are benign or cancéreuces. Some signs may nevertheless alert to the possible presence of lung cancer.
Symptoms of lung cancer
The most common symptoms of lung cancer is respiratory problems such as wheezing, difficulty or pain, unusual cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, hoarseness or harsh for many weeks or bronchitis or pneumonia repeatedly.
When cancer is more advanced, the patient's general condition is deteriorating chronic fatigue, weight loss, headaches etc. It may also happen that no symptom is detected.
The cases of lung cancer developed in the form of localized tumor masses
80% of lung cancers are tumor type that is to say they are in the form of tumor masses more or less important, it is usually possible to remove surgically. The possibility of the operative treatment is dependent on the location of the tumor as it is the extract to create the least possible damage to healthy parts. Surgical treatment of lung cancer involves removal of part of the lung, up to one lobe or even an entire lung. Chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy are generally combined with the surgical method to reduce tumor size as a pre-operative and limit the risk of developing metastases secondary or tertiary.
The cases of lung cancer cells scattered small. The 20% of lung cancers that are not tumor but cancerous cells are scattered. Therefore, a surgical approach is unfeasible and other therapeutic strategies should be implemented: radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Risk of relapse and side effects
Even if treatments are effective and they are regressing disease significantly, the risk of relapse is important in the case of lung cancer.
In addition, treatments to fight against lung cancer causes more side effects because of their aggression directed against the cells. Chemotherapy is especially generating side effects since it consists of intravenous injection of a product which circulates in the whole of the body. The consequences are nausea, loss of hair, general debility, digestive disorders, etc.
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