Navigation Links
Smokers, Nonsmokers Alike Urged to Learn About Lung Cancer
Date:11/20/2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Statistics show that lung cancer kills about 160,000 people a year in the United States and is the country's leading cause of cancer death, but there are steps people can take to reduce their risk, an expert advises.

Lung cancer causes more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, according to the American Lung Association.

Therefore, people should learn the facts about lung cancer and simple ways to reduce their risk, Dr. Bruce Johnson, director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said in a news release from the institute.

Smoking is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, but nonsmokers account for 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer cases, he noted. It's important for everyone to know the symptoms of lung cancer because early detection can lead to better outcomes.

Symptoms can include: a cough that doesn't go away; shortness of breath; back and shoulder pain; and coughing up blood. People with these symptoms should see their doctor, Johnson advised.

Lung cancer can be difficult to detect but recent research suggests that low-dose CT scans can detect tumors at an earlier stage in people at high risk for lung cancer. This type of screening is recommended for people aged 55 to 74 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years and quit less than 15 years ago.

Advances in the last decade have led to new targeted therapies that offer more treatment options for lung cancer patients.

"The identification of genetic alterations -- such as EGFR and ALK -- make the tumors more likely to respond to certain targeted drugs that can be taken in pill form and have fewer side effects than standard chemotherapy," Johnson said in the news release.

"The most important thing a person can do to avoid lung cancer is to never start smoking," but smokers who quit begin to reduce their risks for lung cancer and heart attack within weeks, Johnson noted.

"People who stop and remain a nonsmoker for at least 10 to 20 years can cut their risk of developing lung cancer by 50 to 75 percent," he said.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about lung cancer prevention.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, news release, Nov. 14, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Hot Flashes More Likely for Certain Smokers, Study Says
2. Brain Bleeds More Common in Smokers, Research Shows
3. Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Sway Smokers, Study Finds
4. Scientists Find Gene Differences in Nonsmokers With Lung Cancer
5. Does cooperation require both reciprocity and alike neighbors?
6. More Mental Health Care Urged for Kids Who Self-Harm
7. Better Health Screening Urged for Female College Athletes
8. College Freshmen Urged to Keep Excess Pounds Away
9. Improved Developmental Screening Urged for Hispanic Kids
10. Extra Steps Urged to Cut Alcohol, Drug Use in Military: Report
11. More scientific research of fracking urged in Pennsylvania
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smokers, Nonsmokers Alike Urged to Learn About Lung Cancer
(Date:8/16/2017)... KS (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... latest beneficiary of their recently launched community enrichment program. Partnering once again with ... the KC Superstar competition to help find the area’s very own American Idol. ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Cumberland, PA (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... today it has successfully opened clubfoot clinics in all 29 Indian states—bringing the country ... newest clinic in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, the nonprofit organization is on track to enroll ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... company based in Vero Beach, announced today that two of their associates were ... that represents professionally managed senior living communities in Florida. The awards were announced ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... The ... men and women to train as hospice volunteers. Volunteers provide much needed joy, ... over 30 years, the agency has trained volunteers to be vital members of ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Now in ... which recognizes organizations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, ... “As a global company, we are expanding our presence in all corners of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2017)...  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), has been named one ... by Crain,s Detroit Business . The annual ... three-year revenue growth. This year,s edition measures growth from 2013 ... the complete list, visit crainsdetroit.com/awards/fast_50/2017 .  ... said Phil Hagerman , CEO and chairman of Diplomat. ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH) today reported financial results ... reported second quarter net sales of $1.954 billion, an ... an increase of 2.1% on a constant currency basis.  ... LDR Holding Corporation acquisition, second quarter 2017 revenues decreased ... on a constant currency basis. ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... The Galien Foundation announced today the 2017 11 ... Award Nominees. Counted among the global health innovation industry,s most ... technology product achievement that improves the human condition. ... be U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for market ... impact human health. Sales data are not considered by the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: