November: The Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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by Shubhii Verma (Content Writer, Digital Marketer)
Reviewed by Dr Saba (BHMS) 

November is observed as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is intended to educate the public about the possible causes and risk factors of the disease. It also promotes the need for screening among eligible populations, and the importance of research to identify more effective treatments.

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is a malignant condition that causes cells to divide uncontrollably in the lungs. The development of tumours reduces a person’s ability to breathe.

In lung cancer, this pattern of cell overgrowth occurs in the lungs, which are important organs for breathing and gas exchange.

The three types of Lung Cancer are:

  1. Adenocarcinoma
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  3. Large Cell Carcinoma

lung cancerWhile anyone can develop lung cancer, but it’s more likely to develop in a person with a history of exposure to inhaled chemicals or other toxins such as cigarette smoking can increase the possibility that a person will experience the condition. Even though the exposure to chemicals and other toxins were a long time ago, it still can causes changes in lung cells that cause cancer.

Symptoms

Lung cancer in its early stages can be difficult to identify, however, the symptoms may be similar to respiratory infections or may have no symptoms.

However, few may notice symptoms, which they may think are related to a less serious, acute illness.

That includes:

  1. Severe Chest or Bone Pain
  2. Coughing up blood
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Change in a person’s voice, such as hoarseness
  5. Frequent chest infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  6. Lingering cough that may start to get worse
  7. Shortness of breath
  8. Unexplained headaches
  9. Weight loss
  10. Wheezing

Risk Factors:

  1. Tobacco smoke: A major risk factor for lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer for smokers is several times higher than for non-smokers. The more you smoke, the higher the risk. Cigar smoking and pipe smoking is not less than cigarette smoking and are equally prone to Lung Cancer. Smoking low tar or light cigarettes increases the risk of lung cancer as much as regular cigarettes. Menthol cigarette smoking may increase the risk even more as menthol may allow smokers to breathe more deeply.
  2. Exposure to secondhand smoke: If you do not smoke, inhaling the smoke of others (which is secondhand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) may increase the risk of developing lung cancer.
  3. Exposure to radon gas: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. You cannot see, taste or smell it. Unsafe levels of radon can accumulate in any building, including houses. This is the major reason among non-smokers.
  4. Exposure to asbestos and other carcinogens at workplaces: can cause cancer. Elements such as arsenic, chromium, and nickel – can also increase your risk of developing lung cancer, especially if you are a smoker.
  5. Taking some dietary supplements: Studies looking at the potential role of vitamin supplements in reducing the risk of lung cancer have yielded disappointing results. In fact, 2 large studies found that smokers taking beta carotene supplements increased the risk of lung cancer.
  6. Arsenic in Drinking Water: Those with high levels of arsenic in their drinking water have been found to have a higher risk of lung cancer in parts of Southeast Asia and South America.
  7. Air pollution: In cities, air pollution (especially near roads with heavy traffic) slightly increases the risk of lung cancer. This risk is much lower than the risk caused by smoking, but some researchers estimate that approximately 5% of all lung cancer deaths worldwide may be caused by outdoor air pollution.
  8. Family history of lung cancer: Parents, siblings or children with lung cancer have an increased risk of disease.

Prevention

There is no sure way to prevent lung cancer, but if you can reduce your risk:

  1. Do not smoke: If you have never smoked, do not start.lung-cancer
  2. Stop smoking: Stop smoking now. Quitting reduces your risk of lung cancer, even if you smoke for years.
  3. Avoid secondhand smoke: If you live or work with a smoker, urge him or her to quit or at least ask him to smoke outside. Avoid areas where people smoke, such as bars and restaurants, and seek a smoke-free alternative.
  4. Test your home for radon: Check the level of radon in your home, especially if you live in an area where radon is known to be a problem.
  5. Avoid carcinogens at work: Take care to protect yourself from exposure to toxic chemicals at work. Follow your employer’s precautions. For example, if you are given a face mask for protection, always wear it.
  6. Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables: Choose a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Food sources of vitamins and nutrients are best. Avoid taking large doses of vitamins in pill form, as they can be harmful.
  7. Exercise most days of the week: Exercising reduces the cause of lung cancer so If you do not do regular exercise, start slowly and try to do it on most days of the week.

Homoeopathic Treatment

There should be a multi-medical method for the treatment of lung cancer. It does not have either homoeopathy or traditional remedies. The best long-term results are achieved by combination therapy, which depends on the age, stage of lung cancer, and the patient’s general health status.

Homoeopathy being the holistic systems of medicine, the selection of the measure is based on the principle of individualization and similarity of traits using a holistic approach.

This is the only way through which complete health conditions can be achieved by removing all the signs and symptoms of the suffering of the patient.

Homoeopathy is not intended to treat only the symptoms of lung cancer, but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, there are many well-proven treatments available for the treatment of symptoms of lung cancer that can be chosen based on the cause, condition, sensation, extent, location and modalities of the complaints.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homoeopathic physician in person. The list of commonly used homoeopathic remedies is:

  1. Arsenicum Iodatum
  2. Acalypha Indica
  3. Ammonium Carbonicum
  4. Apis Mellifica
  5. Aranea Diadema
  6. Argentum Nitricum
  7. Arsenicum Album
  8. Bromium
  9. Bryonia Alba
  10. Cadmium Metallicum
  11. Carbo Vegetabilis
  12. Conium Maculatum
  13. Crotalus Horridus
  14. Kali Carbonicum
  15. Kali Iodatum
  16. Lachesis Mutus
  17. Lycopodium Clavatum
  18. Phosphorus
  19. Silicea
  20. Sulphur
  21. Tuberculinum
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