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Lung Cancer: The Importance Of Early Detection
Cancer is a serious health problem in America, all around the world for that matter. Each year, a large number of individuals die due to some type of cancer. Common types of cancer include skin cancer, breast cancer, as well as lung cancer. With all types of cancer, early detection is important; however, it is particularly important with lung cancer.
Lung cancer, as mentioned above, is considered one of the most common cancers in the United States. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of men and women die from lung cancer, each year. While lung cancer is a serious health issue, it is one that doesn’t always have to result in death, at least right away. That is why the early detection of lung cancer is extremely important. In addition to being important, the early detection of lung cancer can literally be lifesaving.
Lung cancer is defined as a cancerous, otherwise known as malignant, tumor on the lungs. As with many other serious medical issues, lung cancer has a number of symptoms; symptoms that you should be on the lookout for. The most common symptoms of lung cancer include, but are not limited to, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody coughs, chest pain, unexplained weight loss, as well as the loss of appetite. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are difficult to notice by healthcare professionals. That is why it is important that you be on the lookout for any of the previously mentioned symptoms. If you display any of these symptoms, you are advised to contact your primary care physician right away.
While it is important to be on the lookout for the above mentioned symptoms of lung cancer, such as bloody coughs, shortness of breath, and chest pains, they are sometimes difficult to associate with lung cancer. Many of these symptoms are also symptoms of other medical conditions. That is why it is not only important to examine lung cancer symptoms, but the risk factors of it as well. Perhaps, the most obvious and well-known risk factor, associated with lung cancer, is that of smoking. In addition to smoking, second hand smoke has also been known to cause lung cancer.
Whether you are currently a smoker or if you smoked in the past, you are always advised to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary. It is important that you contact your physician with any concerns or questions that you may have. If lung cancer is not detected, you will at least know for sure and you can begin to put yourself at ease. If, by chance, lung cancer is detected, your healthcare provider will likely wish to discus your treatment options. Your treatment options will likely depend on which type of lung cancer you have.
As with most other cancers, lung cancer comes in a number of different forms. Many medical professionals tend to characterize lung cancer as two different types. These types include small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Each cancer is harmful, but most lung cancers, depending on how far advanced they are can be treated. As previously mentioned, these treatment options will likely depend on what type of lung cancer you are diagnosed as having, as well as what stage the cancer is at. Lung cancer stages are categorized as stage I, stage II, stage III, and stage IV, with stage IV being the most severe.
Despite the fact that lung cancer treatment options tend to vary, depending on the situation, you will find that most cancers are treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or a combination of the two. Surgery is most common in lung cancer that has been detected early. When lung cancer is detected early, it has not yet begun to spread. This makes it easier for the cancer to be removed. If the cancerous tumor has started to spread, surgery may also be an option, but chemotherapy is as well. In serve cases, both chemotherapy and surgery are used.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways that lung cancer can be treated. However, for that treatment to occur a diagnosis has to be made. That is why it is extremely important that anyone, whether it be yourself, a family member, or a close friend, seeks immediate medical assistance if they believe that they may have lung cancer.
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