The number one thing you can do to lower your risk of getting lung cancer is to not smoke, stop smoking if you already smoke, and avoid enclosed areas where people are smoking or recently smoked (smokers are 10 to 20 times more likely to get lung cancer). Even being around people who are smoking outdoors is not good for you. Smoking has been identified as a cause of lung cancer for a long time and is based on scientific studies that established the connection between smoke and lung cancer (about 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women are due to smoking). Smoking is a variable that you can control while there are other factors you may have no control over.
If you have been treated with radiation to the breast or chest, your risk for lung cancer is higher. Being exposed to radon, asbestos, chromium, nickel, soot, or tar increases the risk for lung cancer. Living in a high pollution area also affects the risk for developing lung cancer.
Some people have a genetic predisposition (that is, born with the risk due to heredity) for developing lung cancer. At the present time, there is little if anything you can do to affect your genetic risk of developing lung cancer.
Starting and maintaining an appropriate exercise program (discuss with your doctor the exercises you should be doing) and maintaining a healthy diet (click here for some help in this regard but also discuss your diet with your doctor to determine what is right for you) may help reduce your risk of developing lung cancer and many other forms of cancer. The U.S. government maintains a great website for help with nutrition, exercise, and other healthy suggestions for children, adults, and families (click here for the website). Losing weight towards your ideal weight (click here for the link to calculate your body mass index (BMI) – a measurement of body fat based on your height and weight whether you are a man or a woman) offers additional benefits such as increased stamina and enjoying more energy.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
Sometimes lung cancer is diagnosed by a routine chest x-ray even though there were no symptoms reported. However, some symptoms that may (but not necessarily) indicate lung cancer include a cough that does not go away, trouble breathing, chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, streaks of blood in mucus that is coughed up from the lungs, hoarseness, loss of appetite, weight loss for no known reason, or feeling very tired. Once again, any of these symptoms may be symptoms caused by other diseases or conditions unrelated to lung cancer, which is all the more reason to promptly discuss any of these symptoms with your health care provider.
Sometimes a doctor or other health care provider may negligently fail to order tests to investigate symptoms or warning signs of lung cancer or other serious diseases. If the standard of care that the doctor was required to follow was violated and the violation caused injuries or damages to his/her patient, there may be a medical malpractice claim based on the failures to properly and timely treat the patient – patients must rely on the expertise and care of their health care providers and when they fail their patients, they should be held responsible for their wrongful actions.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or even death as a result of a health care provider’s negligent, inadequate care, you can visit our website to be connected with medical malpractice lawyers in your local area who may be able to help you with your possible medical malpractice claim. You may also reach us toll free 800-295-3959.
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