According to report that 20% of lung cancer deaths are people who do not smoke. The American Cancer Society explains air pollution, second-hand smoke, radon gas, and cancer-causing agents like asbestos and diesel exhaust are all major risk factors for lung cancer.
Being aware of the risk factors and paying attention to warning signs and symptoms is the best defense again lung cancer. The sooner you get to your doctor and the sooner cancer is diagnosed, the better chances for recovery can save your life.
1. Frequent illness. If you’ve noticed an uptick in your frequency of illnesses like cold, flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia, you should talk to your doctor about the possible causes of your depressed immune system. Dr. Kelley says that when cancer settles in lung tissue and bronchial tubes, the lungs become more susceptible to illness.
2. Unexplained weight loss. If you’ve lost interest in food or feel full quickly after beginning to eat, lung cancer may be taking a toll on your appetite. Dr. Kelley recommends keeping a notebook to record symptoms and possible causes, such as food poisoning, food allergy, PMS in women, or gastrointestinal illness. If the cause is unexplained, bring the issue to your doctor’s attention.