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The Signs and Causes of Lung Cancer

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From Broadway Medical Respiratory & Home Care’s first blog, we’ve been talking about lung disease and about what type of person is the most affected.  We know that more people, both men and women, in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Why is this? What are the leading causes and what are the symptoms of lung cancer? Let’s find out!

Lung cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages or until it has spread. There are some lung cancer symptoms that are similar to those of other common illnesses which can prevent people from seeking treatment. Some of the early symptoms include coughing (the most common symptom), blood in the phlegm, shortness of breath, wheezing, pain in the chest and pneumonia that keeps occurring or lasts too long.Smoking and Lung Cancer

Not all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. About 10 percent are caused by exposure to industrial pollutants. Asbestos, which was used for many years as insulation, is a leading cause of the disease from people who either worked directly with the product or by exposure to it through the places they lived or worked.

Smoking cigarettes, cigars or other tobacco products are leading causes of lung cancer. Almost 100 percent of all lung cancers are attributed directly to tobacco smoking. Pipe and cigar smoking can also cause lung cancer too, although the risk is not as high as with cigarettes due largely to the way they are smoked and how much is inhaled into the lungs.

Passive smoking, or second hand smoke, is another big factor in lung cancer. One in four non-smokers who live with smokers has increased their risk of getting lung cancer without ever smoking themselves. Second hand smoke takes around 3,000 lives every year.

As full-service home medical equipment providers, Broadway Medical Respiratory & Home Care carries a large selection of products and supplies for people living with or caring for people with lung cancer and other illnesses. From walkers to CPAP supplies, see us first.