Smoking, though attributed as one of the main reasons for lung cancer, is not necessarily a trigger always. As lung cancer stages advance, symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus become progressive.
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) or dark colored phlegm
- A cough that prevails for a long time or gets worse over time
- Unexplained weight loss
- Respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest
Treatment & Care
- Lung Cancer Chemotherapy: A variety of chemotherapy medications are used to treat lung cancer
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is a popular treatment for lung cancer, but it does come with side effects.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT), Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Treatment are some of the other treatments for lung cancer.
Several different types of medications are used to combat cancer pain.
Lung Cancer Causes & Statistics
- It is said that about 90 percent of lung cancer is because of tobacco use. The risk increases with number of cigarettes.
- Pipe and cigar smoking can also cause lung cancer.
- Passive Smoking or the inhalation of tobacco smoke from other smokers is also an established risk factor for the development of lung cancer.
- Asbestos fibers are known to cause lung cancer and is banned or limited at many workplaces.
- Lung cancer is also influenced by genetics, in both smoking and non-smoking relatives of those who have had lung cancer than in the general population.