Lung cancer begins on the walls of the bronchial passages or sometimes in the body of the lung itself. Symptoms are evident once the cancer is firmly entrenched in the lung tissue.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men. More than 94,000 men die each year from lung cancer.
- The number of deaths of men from lung cancer has increased 85 percent since 1962.
- Out of every 10 men who die from lung cancer, nine of them were smokers.
- Out of every four men who get lung cancer, three of them smoke.
- Lung cancer occurs mainly in people between the ages of 45 and 70.
- Symptoms don’t usually appear until the cancer is advanced.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK
- If you’re a smoker, stop smoking now.
- Avoid all tobacco products; this includes chewing tobacco and snuff.
- Limit your exposure to secondhand smoke. Avoid exposure to asbestos, radon gas, arsenic and air pollutants.
- When working with hazardous materials, wear the proper protective equipment.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF:
- you have a nagging or persistent cough.
- you have shortness of breath.
- you cough up blood.
- your chest hurts all the time.
- you experience hoarseness.
- you experience a loss of appetite and sudden, unexpected weight loss.