Lung Cancer Prevention

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Lung cancer has the maximum number of cases recorded in the United States. The main cause of lung cancer is addiction of smoking. Our trachea which is the windpipe gets divided into two parts called as the bronchi. The bronchi are the main air passages to the human body. The right lung is divided into three lobes and the left lung is divided into two lobes. The left lung has got a structure that is equivalent to the middle lobe of the right lung which is called as Lingula. The left lung is smaller than the right lung because there is chest cavity and the heart on the left side.

The bronchus gets smaller in size to form bronchioles which further gets smaller to tiny sacs. These tiny sacs are called as Alveoli where the exchange of gases takes place. The carbon dioxide from the bloodstream is removed and is replaced with pure oxygen. Blood containing carbon dioxide is called deoxygenated blood or the impure blood whereas the blood containing oxygen is called as oxygenated blood or pure blood. Alveolis perform the function of replacing impure blood with pure blood which is circulated by the heart to other body parts.

Lung cancer prevention:

  • Over 80% of people develop lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. People who smoke more than one packet in a day have the risk of developing lung cancer increased by 10 times and people who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes have their chances of developing lung cancer increased by 25 times. Thus, smoking cigars is THE major factor contributing to lung cancer.

  • It is revealed that smokers who quit smoking have their chances of developing lung cancer reduced than people who continue smoking. People who have quit smoking for more than 15 years have their chances of developing lung cancer reduced by 80 to 90 percent!

  • In order to prevent lung cancer, one must quit smoking. Smoking is not only harmful to the lungs but also reduces the vitamin C content in the body. People who smoke tend to have smoky colored lips. Smoking boosts the process of aging. People who are addicted to smoking develop dark circles under the eyes, crow's feet and wrinkles appear at an early age.

  • Other factors that contribute to lung cancer are exposure to asbestos dust and lead dust. It is one of the reasons why many factory workers develop lung cancer. People who are exposed to passive smoking also have the chances of developing lung cancer.

Adapting to healthy lifestyle is the key role in preventing lung cancer. One must exercise regularly, have healthy and hygienic eating habits, consume lots of fresh fruits, drink enough water and keep stress away. These are few factors that will make a healthier you. Quitting the habit of smoking is the most important factor in lung cancer prevention. If you have the will power nothing is impossible. If you are finding it difficult to quit smoking but you are unable to control the urge, then you can enroll yourself into addiction rehabilitation centers. Many smoking addiction rehabilitation centers have been built up to help people in quitting their habit of smoking.

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