Understanding Lung Cancer - SPARSH Hospital

Published in : Pulmonology | August 17, 2023 |

Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer is one of the most common cancers occurring worldwide, with more than 2million newly detected cases every year. To raise awareness about lung cancer along with emphasizing the significance of early detection, prevention, and effective treatment. Lung cancer remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. It affects not only smokers but also non-smokers. Hence it is necessary to dispel the misconception that it only affects those who smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke, environmental pollutants and occupational hazards are all factors contributing to the development of lung cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer can develop silently, without any obvious symptoms and by the time it is detected, it may have reached advanced stages. The most important step in lung cancer prevention is smoking cessation and tobacco control measures. Public health policies should be in place to discourage smoking and promote healthier lifestyle choices. Public education on the harmful effects of tobacco use and the benefits of quitting smoking and tobacco also helps in creating a smoke free environment for everyone. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also plays a crucial role in preventing lung cancer. Regular exercise, a balanced nutritious diet and minimizing exposure to toxic substances in the day to day environment and workplace can all contribute to lowering the risk of developing the disease. Early detection plays an important role in improving the outcome of lung cancer treatment. All individuals, especially the elderly age group need to be cautious and heedful about any persistent respiratory symptoms, such as chronic cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or recurrent infections. Other symptoms include blood in sputum, and weight loss. Prompt medical evaluation is necessary in such scenarios. It is essential to prioritize early detection through regular health check-ups and screenings, especially if you have a history of smoking or exposure to carcinogens such as asbestos, radon, silica or air pollution or if you have a genetic predisposition by having a history of any forms of cancer in the family. Early detection can lead to better treatment outcomes and improved chances of survival. Recent medical advancements, including better diagnostic and interventional therapeutic procedures, targeted therapies and immunotherapies, have been shown to improve survival rates and quality of life for patients with specific types of lung cancer. It focuses on the need for better public awareness, early detection, prevention, and research in the field of medicine to deal with the challenges posed by lung cancer. It is the need of the hour to spread awareness, support medical research, and provide solicitous care to those battling lung cancer.


Dr. Anjali R Nath

Consultant Pulmonologist

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Categories: Pulmonology

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