THE lung cancer is a disease that claims many victims in France every year. What are the warning signs and what are the current treatments possible?

What is lung cancer?

It is one of the cancers with the highest mortality rate. Tens of thousands of people die of it each year in France. It is found far behind, ahead of colorectal cancer or prostate cancer. The reason is very simple. The disease, which primarily affects the lungs, has the ability to spread very quickly to other organs, in particular via the bloodstream. Screening is not yet fully effective and symptoms usually only appear around the age of fifty.

What are the origins of this cancer?

The disease is mainly linked to the consumption of tobacco, although the causes may be different. THE smokers and the victims of what is referred to as passive smoking are the most affected. Other factors may be involved, such as the effect of carcinogenic particles that can be found in the air. This is, for example, the case of asbestos or arsenic. Significant exposure is likely to cause this type of cancer.

What are the symptoms of this type of cancer?

One of the first recognizable signs of a lung cancer is here cough morning. However, there are many manifestations of this type of cancer.

The first sign is a cough persistent. It will be necessary to be wary when you cough in a significant way, and that without particular reason. This condition may also be accompanied by chest pain during breathing. This means that the tumor is located in the bronchus. In addition, this tumor will produce sputum.

The second symptom is abnormal shortness of breath and difficulty breathing that sets in. You will have to worry when this stage arrives. This is due to the fact that the tumor, located in the lung, causes blockage of the airways.

The third symptom relates to weight loss and a lack of appetite. Weight loss suddenly appears for no apparent reason. The patient usually loses his appetite. The cancer having caused inflammation and deterioration of the general state.

Other signs may also indicate that the cancer has taken hold. The patient may, for example, have a hoarse voice or be subject to chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. Similarly, severe chronic fatigue and the presence of headaches are manifestations that should not be overlooked.

What are the treatments for this cancer?

For the smokersone of the resolutions is obviously to stop the tobacco and this as soon as possible, so as not to increase the risk of contracting the disease.

In proven cases, surgery is one of the most common options to remove the cancerous tumor. Patients will need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This will increase their chances of defeating the lung cancer.

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