Lung Cancer kills more people than any form of cancer in the United States. Like other cancers, this one also results from the abnormal growth of cells in the lungs. Uncontrolled growth and proliferation of cells form a mass known as tumor. In 2007, about 205,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer, 109,000 of which are men and more than 93,000 are women. An estimated 158,000 people died from this cancer, 88,000 of which are men and 70,000 are women.
The good news is that the rate of new lung cancer rates is beginning to decline for women as much as it has been for men for years. This is according to a report released by the government of the United States. There was a drop of 2.2 percent per year starting last 2008 after there was a 0.5 percent increase from 1999 to 2006. The statistics were provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings are very heartening, particularly for those who have family history of such form of cancer. But experts agree that more has to be done to lower the rates even further. Here are some things that we can all do to beat lung cancer.
Kick the Nicotine Habit Today
Since smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, quitting this habit is also the number one preventive measure. About 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are brought about by cigarette smoking, so it's a must that you put a stop to this unhealthy habit today. When you quit, your body will reap the benefits of being free of tobacco and of the countless other chemicals that can cause cancer.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
A healthy diet is one that is packed with fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants do an excellent job in protecting the DNA of the cells and repair those that have been damaged by free radicals. Experts agree that a diet rich in these foods is a very good way to prevent cancer of the lung.
Have Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon is a by-product of uranium, which is naturally found in the soil. Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled, tasted or felt. High levels of radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. It is imperative that you have your home tested for this radioactive gas.
Stay Away from Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from a smoker or from a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe. This smoke has more than 60 carcinogens that disrupt normal development of the cell. The interference to the cell development triggers the start of the cancer process.
- Your home should be made into a smoke-free zone.
- If any of the family members are smoking, encourage them to quit.
- If they won't budge, the least they can do is to keep smoke away from the house.
- When you're in public, stay away from people who smoke.
- It's also best to keep away from smoke-filled places like bars and nightclubs.