Is it possible to detect lung cancer in a person?
Lung cancer is a disease that claims many victims in France every year. What are the warning signs and what are the treatment options today?
What is lung cancer?
It is one of the cancers with the highest mortality rate. In France, tens of thousands of people die from it every year. It is found far behind, ahead of colon cancer or prostate cancer. The reason is very simple. The disease, which primarily affects the lungs, can spread very quickly to other organs, particularly through the bloodstream. Screening is not yet fully effective and symptoms usually do not appear until around age 50.
What are the origins of this cancer?
The disease is mainly associated with tobacco use, although the causes can be varied. Smokers and victims of so-called passive smoking are most affected. Other factors may play a role, such as the effect of carcinogenic particles that can be found in the air. This is the case, for example, with asbestos or arsenic. Significant exposure is likely to cause this type of cancer.
What are the symptoms of this type of cancer?
One of the first noticeable signs of lung cancer is a morning cough. However, there are many manifestations of this type of cancer.
The first sign is a persistent cough. It is necessary to be careful if you cough to a significant extent, and for no particular reason. This condition can also be accompanied by chest pain when breathing. This means that the tumor is in the bronchus. In addition, this tumor produces sputum.
The second symptom is abnormal shortness of breath and difficulty breathing that sets in. You need to worry when this phase arrives. This is because the tumor, which is in the lungs, is causing a blockage in the airways.
The third symptom concerns weight loss and loss of appetite. The weight loss occurs suddenly for no apparent reason. The patient usually loses his appetite. The cancer has caused inflammation and general deterioration.
Other signs may also indicate that the cancer has taken hold. For example, the patient may have a hoarse voice or suffer from chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. Likewise, severe chronic fatigue and the presence of headaches are manifestations that should not be overlooked.
What are the treatments for this cancer?
One of the resolutions for smokers is, of course, to quit smoking as soon as possible so as not to increase the risk of infection.
In proven cases, surgery is one of the most common options for removing the malignant tumor. Patients must undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This increases their chances of overcoming lung cancer.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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