Lung cancer is an unstoppable growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. There are generally two kinds of lung cancer. The first is small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The second is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). There is also a third type, which includes both CPPC and NSCLC. It is small cell and large cell carcinoma. The most common type of cancer is NSCLC which accounts for about 87 percent of all cancers.
On January 25, the coach of The Voice shared terrible news. Doctors diagnosed him with inoperable lung cancer. ” I have just been diagnosed with a lung tumour, a not very sympathetic cancerous tumor which cannot be operated on”, he had explained to his subscribers on Instagram. He is not the only one… Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in France and worldwide.
The most common cancer in the world!
The symptoms of lung cancer are most of the time the same: you have a persistent cough that does not go away. We get out of breath easily. When you breathe, there is a whistle. Recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis may also be present. One can also have a bloody cough, hoarseness. Finally, we lose weight or appetite. The problem is that the symptoms appear very late. So prevention is better than cure.
Smokers of course have a much higher risk of getting lung cancer. But also breast, throat, stomach, and other cancers, as well as heart attacks, strokes, emphysema, asthma, and a host of other illnesses. In short, put out your last cigarette immediately!
But smokers aren’t the only ones who get lung cancer. Indeed, there are other risks than cigarettes: exposure to radon, exposure to asbestos, air pollution or even exposure to other chemical substances.
This radioactive gas comes from the earth’s crust. It then accumulates in confined spaces, such as a basement or garage.
Lung cancer: asbestos
Asbestos is a mineral that is found in the form of long, thin fibers in the environment. Its ban came into effect in the 1980s.
But for a long time, it continued to be used for many industrial and insulation materials as a flame retardant. Result: there is still asbestos everywhere! Thus, many people have been in contact with asbestos without knowing it.
Air pollution is a less frequent factor. But it can cause serious lung disorders like lung cancer. Inevitably, when you live in a big city or near industries, you have more risks.
Lung cancer: and many other chemical substances…
Radon, asbestos, pollution… and many other chemical substances! A study has shown that laundry workers had a 25% higher risk of dying from cancer than the rest of the population. Lung cancer, but also tongue, lung and cervical cancer, as well as pneumonia. In question in particular: perchlorethylene. In factories, it is beryllium that is singled out. It is used in particular to manufacture sports gear, dental equipment and aircraft parts. Up to 30 percent of workers exposed to this metal have died from chronic beryllium disease, or its complications.