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Lung cancer is among the primary causes of death worldwide. In 2019, out of all cancer-related deaths, lung cancer contributed to 24% of deaths in men and 23% in women. It may not be the most common cancer in either of the sexes, but it is, without a doubt, the deadliest.
There are two main categories of lung cancer one may be diagnosed with. They both vary in where they originate and how they are treated:
About 80% to 85% of lung cancer cases are NSCLC. This is furthered divided into three separate subtypes: adenocarcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and large cell carcinomas.
Small cell lung cancer contributes to 10% to 15% of cases. This is a more aggressive form of lung cancer and is often detected only after it has spread considerably throughout the body.
The most common cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoke. Around 80% of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking. This is not a surprise, considering that around 70 types of carcinogens are present in cigarette smoke. Other causes of lung cancer include:
There is no foolproof method of lung cancer prevention; however, you can take necessary precautions by eliminating all the major risk factors that are known to cause lung cancer, such as:
Identifying the symptoms of lung cancer can be tricky as most of these are common in other illnesses as well, so it is hard to diagnose it as cancer. The most common lung cancer signs in both NSCLC and SCLC include:
If you have experienced all or most of the symptoms above, you should involve a health care professional as soon as possible. Cura4U understands how difficult in-person consultations can be during the COVID’19 pandemic, which is why it allows patients to consult with doctors in a completely remote and private manner.
SCLS has two main stages:
When it comes to cancer treatment, most Americans cannot afford the thousands of dollars needed for lab tests and imaging testing such as CT scans and MRI scans. Cura4U allows patients to get these tests done at up to 80% off with complete billing transparency throughout the entire procedure. To find out more about how Cura4U makes healthcare more accessible for everyone, visit our website today.