There are few diseases more frightening than lung cancer, which tends to strike individuals exposed to dangerous air pollutants, that can eventually lead to a situation where the patient struggles with every breath.
Often, we assume lung cancer has been caused by a lifetime of smoking, usually cigarettes or possibly cigars, but it’s very possible to acquire lung cancer without ever smoking a day in your life, which touches on the subject of exposure to secondhand smoke. It may not even have anything to do with exposure to dangerous pollutants, such as in a factory or resource extraction setting. To better understand lung cancer, let’s take a look at some of this scary diseases’ most prevalent causes and risk factors.
One of the most prevalent risk factors for lung cancer, family history (or genetics), is totally out of your control. Research has shown that if a person has a family history of lung cancer, there’s a good chance you’ll experience the disease as well. It’s a sobering thought for anyone who has watched a family member experience the trials of this deadly disease.
If you are aware of anyone in your family who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s never too early to discuss regular check-ups with your doctor focused on identifying and preventing the disease. As is the case with most forms of cancer, the success rates of treatments are higher when the cancer is diagnosed early. Also, don’t assume that a smoke-free life will prevent lung cancer if you have an extensive family history of the disease.