Lung Mesothelioma

Information on Lung Mesothelioma

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Information on Lung Mesothelioma

When a person breathes in, air will pass through the mouth or nose through the trachea (windpipe). The windpipe divides into two airways each going to one lung. The airways are known as the left and right bronchus. They divide forming smaller tubes which are known as bronchioles. Bronchioles move air through the lungs. They connect to millions of small air sacs referred to as alveoli. Oxygen from the breathed air is absorbed by the alveoli and is passed to the blood stream so that it can be circulated throughout our bodies.

One of the most common types of cancer is lung cancer. A lung is an organ that is cone shaped and situated inside the chest. Their purpose is bringing oxygen inside the body and taking out carbon dioxide from the body. Lung cancer has a strong link with smoking. Lung cancer is divided into two major categories which are NSCLC (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and SCLC (Small Cell Lung Cancer. Each year, more than 1 million are diagnosed with lung cancer all over the world.

In some cases, the cell receives wrong instructions and it reproduces wildly which is not normal for the growth of the lung. The wild reproduction is the main cause of tumors that can clog a lung and prevent it from normal functions. Due to the large size of lungs, it is easy for cancer to grow for a long time without it being detected. It can also spread outside the lungs without showing any symptoms. The most common symptom of lung cancer is a constant cough that can be easily mistaken for bronchitis or the common cold.

The major types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung carcinoma and small cell lung carcinoma. The difference of the two is important as each of them has a different method of treatment. SCLC has a better chance of cure when radiation and chemotherapy are used, while NSCLC is mostly treat using surgery. Long-term exposure to tobacco smoke has been proven to be the most common cause of lung cancer. Non-smokers who suffer from lung cancer have the cause being a combination of second-hand smoke, air pollution, asbestos, radon gas and genetic factors. They account for less than 10% of lung cancer cases.

One of the most common types of cancer in the world is lung cancer. In the United States, it is the leading cause of cancer death in women and men. Most longer cancer cases are the result of cigarette smoking. The risk of lung cancer is increased when you start smoking at a young age and you smoke many cigarettes in a day. The risk is increased by exposure to asbestos, radiation, and pollution.

Lung cancer, just like all cancers, is a result of an abnormality in the cell (your body’s unit of life). The human body maintains a system of balances and checks on cell growth to ensure they divide to produce other new cells when the need arises. A disruption in the system that maintains cell growth will result in uncontrolled proliferation and division of cells. This will lead to the formation of mass called a tumor.

A good number of deaths resulting from lung cancer can be prevented. This is attributed to the fact that smoking will account for 90% of lung cancer cases. The risk of getting this type of cancer will be increased by the number of cigarettes a person smokes and the duration they have been smoking. If you stop smoking even after you have been doing so for a long time, you will marginally reduce the chances of developing lung cancer. You can further decrease the risk by protecting yourself from other causes of lung cancer such as secondhand smoke, exposure to radon and asbestos.

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