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Do I Have Lung Cancer?

Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:03 PM

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of lung tissues, resulting in the formation of tumors that hinder normal functioning of the lungs.

Now, if you are wondering “Do I have lung cancer?” check if you:

• Cough up blood
• Have constant chest pain that is felt more evidently during breathing
• Experience trouble in breathing: may be pain, gasping, or shortness of breath
• Face difficulty while swallowing
• Frequently suffer from respiratory infections
• Have inexplicable fatigue despite resting
• Have suddenly lost weight
• Suffer from fever from an unidentified source
• Make a wheezing sound while breathing, especially while exhaling
• Have swelling on the face/neck

Even if you have some of these signs, do not conclude that you have lung cancer. A correct diagnosis can be made only after appropriate testing, e.g.: CT scan, Chest x-ray, bronchoscopy, needle biopsy.

How do you get lung cancer?

Various factors causing lung cancer are:
• Smoking
• Secondhand smoke
• Prolonged exposure to carcinogens (e.g., asbestos fibers, arsenic, nickel, tar, radon) or polluted air
• Genetic disposition
• Chronic lung diseases, e.g., COPD and TB
• Reduced immunity - due to HIV/AIDS or that experienced after organ transplant

Of all these causes, smoking is most potent, causing 90% of lung cancers. So, if you smoke, it’s a good idea to quit.

For more information on lung cancer, see the following:

Signs of Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: Top 5 Symptoms

Lung Cancer: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Lung Cancer: Natural Supplements for Treatment

Lung Cancer: Top 5 Drugs That Work


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