November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. We have all heard of lung cancer, and many of you may know someone who has been affected by the disease. You may even have been directly affected yourself. Here we look at the myths, the facts, and people’s perceptions of lung cancer.
Perceptions of Lung Cancer
Many people consider lung cancer as a variety of the disease that has been caused by the individual directly through smoking. This perception can have a negative impact on smokers and non-smokers who are diagnosed with the disease. One study on people’s perceptions on cancer showed that 70% of the people surveyed had a negative view towards lung cancer, compared to 22% who perceived breast cancer negatively.
Causes of Lung Cancer
It’s not just smoking that causes lung cancer: up to 24,000 American non-smokers die of the disease every year.
It is well known that people who smoke are more likely to get lung cancer; male smokers are 23 times more likely to develop the disease and females 13% more likely. However, non-smokers get cancer too. Risk factors for non-smokers include:
- Radon gas. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for around 20,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the US.
- Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths. Smoking laws have reduced the risks of inhaling secondhand smoke.
- Carcinogens in the workplace can increase lung cancer risks. Regular exposure to agents such as diesel fumes and asbestos can significantly increase cancer risks; however changes to workplace safety regulations have helped to lower the incidence of exposure to cancer causing materials.
- Air pollution is, as of October 2013, has been classified as a cancer causing factor by the IARC, a part of the World Health Organization.
- Genetics. As always, genetics plays a part in the development of all cancers, including lung cancer. By comparing lung cancer in smokers to the disease in non-smokers scientists have found a cell growth regulating gene that mutates to stay on in non-smokers with lung cancer. This causes cancer cells to continue to grow and divide at an increased rate, leading to cancer.
What Can You Do?
If you are a smoker, the biggest thing you can do to reduce your lung cancer risk is to quit. There are lots of programs and quit-cancer aids that can help you to kick the habit. In addition, regardless of whether you do smoke, did smoke, or have never, smoked, you can reduce your risks of developing all cancers, including lung cancer, by eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, taking regular exercise.
Treating Lung Cancer
At Alternative Lung Cancer Treatment in Mexico we use Functional Oncology, a unique alternative treatment approach for all types of cancer. The 5 step program addresses the overall health, root causes and body’s immunity in order to optimize the body’s ability to fight cancer. These steps combine with our cancer suppression stage, which includes a range of ground-breaking cancer fighting processes, including Hyperthermia, Systemic Ozone Therapy and Insulin Potentiated Targeted Low Dose to destroy cancer within the body with minimal side effects.
If you would like to learn more about Functional Oncology and how it can help to save you or a loved one, get in touch with us; every day counts.