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Risk Factors and Prevention of Lung Cancer

Aug 17, 2007
Lung cancer is a cancer that forms in the tissues of the lung cavity. The cancerous cells normally will form in the lining air passages.

Health professionals are not always able to determine the why or causes that a person develops cancers and others do not. But, researchers can provide insight that can lead to a very close explanation from studies performed and a general pattern of cancer in the population. Many of the habits and lifestyles that people lead daily contribute to the development of many diseases including lung cancer, virus growth, and other illnesses in a persons body. For this reason we can say that just about anything that a person does that increases the chances of contracting, developing, or spreading a disease or illness is called a risk factor. Lung cancer prevention depends on the elimination of many, if not all of the risk factors associated with the disease.

Therefore, it stands to reason that if you can eliminate the risk factors that contribute to the development of a particular illness or disease, you can greatly decrease the likelihood that the illness will develop. Outside of genes that may have been inherited from family member which may make it inevitable that a person will develop a certain disease or illness, risks factor elimination is prevention. With this said, you should be aware that just because a person avoids the risk factors associated with a particular illness or disease, that is not a guarantee that a person will not develop the illness. Avoidance of risk factors only decreases the chances and increases the chances of lung cancer prevention.

Methods of lung cancer prevention include the avoidance or elimination of smoking or contact with second hand smoke. Choosing not to smoke is the number one risk factor that should be eliminated. If you are predisposed to or have genes that may increase your likelihood of getting lung cancer, stay aware of and keep in contact with your doctor in order to assist with early detection for timely treatment if the need arises.

Proper diet including fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants and flavonoids help to protect DNA and repair damaged cells. An increased knowledge of the chemicals and agents that you are exposed to at work will assist with lung cancer prevention. Possible carcinogens contribute to the development of several types of cancers. Cancer cell development begins with the cacinogens that interrupt normal cell development and they can be found in places where certain chemicals are contained. So, know the risks factors, avoid them if possible, and pay attention to your eating habits. All will lower your risks for developing lung cancer and other deadly diseases.
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