Common Signs of Lung Cancer You Need To Watch For & How to Treat The Problem

Cancer is a serious problem that affects many people around the world. There are various types of cancer that will affect different people such as liver, stomach, cervical, and breast cancer. The cancer that causes the most deaths among men and women is lung cancer.

This cancer is the excessive development of abnormal cells that begin in one or both lungs and eventually grow to be tumors. The lung will stop being able to give oxygen to the bloodstream as the tumors grow bigger and more in numbers.

Some people will experience primary lung cancer where the cancer originates in the lungs, while others will experience secondary lung cancer where the cancer begins in another place inside the body and reaches the lungs.

Symptoms

Some people who have lung cancer don’t show any signs prior to them getting a diagnosis. They aren’t aware they even have the cancer until they go to get a routine X-ray or CT scan for another reason. However, some people don’t know the signs to look out for and end up ignoring them when they present themselves.

Hard Time Swallowing

A common sign of lung cancer is pain or a hard time while swallowing. Some experts believe that people who experience this symptom are more likely to die from lung cancer.

Cancer risk for men rises from one to two

The risk of cancer especially among men in United Kingdom is going to increase to 50 out of 100 or about half of the men have the risk of developing cancer during his lifetime by 2027. The Cancer Research UK released these figures on Wednesday that shows that in the next fifteen years about half of the men in the United Kingdom will be diagnosed with cancer at some point of their lives during their lifetime compared with 44 out of 100 in 2010. During the year 2010, around 164,000 were diagnosed with the disease of cancer and this figure is likely to increase to about 194,000 in the next 15 years.

The researchers consisting of a team from the Wolfson Institute of Prevention Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London reached their predictions or figures by looking at the past cancer incidences and mortality rates and projected data for the United Kingdom. The researchers also predicted that there will more than 194,000 women diagnosed with cancer in 2027 compared with 160,000 in 2010 that would mean that a women’s chance of developing cancer during her lifetime would be in the range of 44 in 100  up from 40 in 100. The cancers that are set to increase the most are related to bowel, prostrate and skin cancer. Age is the biggest risk factor in developing cancer as living longer means a high risk of developing cancer and in the United Kingdom like in any other developed nation more people are reaching an age where they are more likely to develop cancer.

Experts opine that prostate cancer remains a huge challenge as cases related with prostate cancer are growing and there is no exact or reliable way to determine or identify those prostate cancer cases that are life threatening. In the United Kingdom, over the last forty years the incidences of prostate cancer has increased three fold and about three quarters of the cases are diagnosed in men who are over 65 years old. The challenge for specialists is getting men to turn up for cancer screening even when a good test for it exists and men tend to at a greater risk of developing bowel cancer than women, even though relatively fewer men than women go for screening for this type of cancer.

Remedy for dry mouth due to cancer found in acupuncture

People who are on cancer treatment usually suffer from symptoms of chronic dry mouth. A new study conducted in the United Kingdom reported some improvement in symptoms like dry lips and sticky saliva when patients undergoing cancer treatment were subjected to acupuncture. However, the studies undertaken were not yet clear about how much of that benefit could have been on the result about patients’ expectations that acupuncture would help them or the effect of a therapeutic relationship with their acupuncturist – instead of the actual needles. The study’s lead author said more work is needed to be done to answer these questions.

It is estimated that about half a million people globally develop head and neck cancer each year and most of them suffer from dry mouth. This study runs parallel to a study that was published in May 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology when investigators from the Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center studied the potential benefits of acupuncture in the patients with cancers of head and neck that had undergone lymph-node surgery or neck dissection.  The study group then randomly assigned 70 patients to either receive weekly acupuncture or a usual care group treatment (without acupuncture but receive physical therapy, pain/anti-inflammatory medication as needed).

Dry mouth which was the common symptom in patients requiring radiation therapy for cancers in the head and neck found that those who had undergone acupuncture had a significant reduction in their pain levels and dry mouth compared to those who had received the usual care treatment. Acupuncturists truly believe that their therapy is indeed helping the patients for years on against dry mouth but there has not been enough evidence for or against it. Most of the head and neck cancer patients do not seek out an alternative medicine thus creating a lack of evidence on this aspect.

Texas Medical center plans a massive war effort on fighting cancer

The University of Texas – MD Anderson Medical Cancer Center in Houston, which is popularly known as the Texas Medical center is launching a huge battle against eight specific forms of cancer. The efforts are similar to “moon shot” efforts carried out to push for space exploration some fifty years ago. The Texas Medical center is the nation’s largest medical center with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, translational research and basic science.   The MD Anderson Medical center is expected to spend as much as $3 billion on the project over the next ten years.

The cancers that are being fought against are especially related to deadly forms of ovarian and breast cancer along with lung, melanoma, prostate, and two types of leukemia. The other type of cancer that has been targeted is the myelodysplastic syndrome which the “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Robert is afflicted with and he had a bone marrow transplant to treat it in this center on Thursday.

The main goal of the project is to find cures and lower deaths even though no overall standards have been set as individual projects for various cancers have particular objective. Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of the Cancer Center informed that the hospital is ready for the battle of the 21st century with many weapons needed like genetic information, more precise drugs that are already in place.

Cancer Risk imminent for those with sleeping disorders

Sleep apnea is now found to be having a direct link with cancer as per the two studies that has been conducted by researchers at Spain and a second study on about 1500 government workers at Wisconsin. These two studies have for the first time brought out a solid association of sleep apnea with an increased risk of cancer mortality.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that afflicts about 28 million Americans in one form or the other and in some cases it is undiagnosed. Sleep apnea in a simple medical term is a common disorder that causes fatigue, snoring and pauses in breathing that may be dangerous. The other name for sleep apnea is Sleep Disordered Breathing or SDB.

The research team headed by Dr. F. Javier Nieto, who is one of the study authors and chairman of the department of population health sciences at University of Wisconsin has conducted this study with Ramon Farre’ PhD, professor of Physiology- Unit of Biophysics and Bioengineering at University of Barcelona, Spain. The study that had been carried out by researchers in Spain, examined thousands of patients at sleep clinics and found that those having severe forms of sleep apnea or SDB had about sixty five percent greater risk of developing cancer of any kind.

Survival rates for cancer are on the rise

Advancements in the treatment of cancer have resulted in a steady decline in the number of people who die due to this disease each year. Researchers feel that there will be about 1.3 million cancer related fatalities this year which is about a 10% decline from the confirmed death rates in 2007 which is the last year for which the WHO has death rate data for most countries in the EU.

A study of all types of cancers across 27 EU bloc countries found that men were more likely to die from cancer than were women. The research conducted by a team of scientists from Italy and Switzerland and published in the Annals of Oncology journal has predicted that cancer death rate of 139 per 100,000 men and 85 per 100,000 women in 2012 in the EU. It has been found that the most lethal cancers were those of the lung for men and breast for women and that one of the main reasons behind the lowering incidence of death resulting from cancer amongst women is the fact that there have been many advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. The largest cause for lung cancer has been smoking in both its active and passive forms, as there has been a decrease in the numbers of people who smoke over the past few years, there has been a concurrent decrease in lung cancer death rates as well.

Cancer an aftershock for 9/11 first responders

There has been much speculation on the after effects of the exposure to Ground Zero in New York after 9/11. It is felt that a surprisingly large number of healthy, young New York cops and first responders have been diagnosed with cancer. The New York Post has obtained data that shows the tripling of the number of cops applying for cancer related disability pensions after 9/11. These are the first statistics to have been made public and seem to confirm the fears that exposure to the toxic World Trade Center site could have a lasting health impact on the 12,000 officers who worked there.

According to data from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) over 297 cops who worked at Ground Zero have since been diagnosed with cancer; what is even more disturbing is that the average age at which these cops develop cancer is 44, which is relatively young. 56 Cops have died as a result of cancer, and an average of about 16 apply annually for cancer related disability, up from about 6 before 9/11. These cancers affect the lung, bile duct, tongue and even nasal passages.

 

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