The month of November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Below is a breakdown of what you need to know about Lung Cancer. There is a downloadable infographic at the bottom of the blog for future reference.

According to the CDC in 2018, studies revealed that “Lung Cancer is the Biggest Cancer Killer in both Men and Women.” See below for the breakdown of these facts:

Brief Overview of Lung Cancer:

  • 400,000 people in the US are living with lung cancer
  • 200,000 + people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year
  • 150,000 + people die from lung cancer
  • 425 people die from lung cancer daily
  • # 1 Cause of Lung Cancer is Cigarette Smoking – 80 to 90% linked to All lung cancers
  • Lung Cancer can be caused by other types of tobacco, cigars, breathing secondhand smoke, and exposure to asbestos or radon at home, work, arsenic, diesel exhaust, or a family history of lunch cancer.
  • 81 % of those living with lung cancer are over the age of 60.  The disease severely affects the elderly.
  • African Americans are prone to developing lung cancer than any other ethnic group
  • 15 % of lung cancers are caught at an early stage. When cancer spreads to other organs, the survival rate drops to 3.5%
  • Most with lung cancer pass away within a year of diagnosis

What are the symptoms of Lung Cancer?

  • Coughing – it never goes away and gets worse
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Consistently sick with bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Headaches

Suggestions

Make an appointment with your doctor if you cannot quit smoking, the cough is getting worse. Talk to your doctor about the different nicotine replacement products available. Screening can help catch it early, which improves survival rates. Screening offers a chance of minimal surgery and reduces the need for chemotherapy or radiation.

Who Should Get Screened?

  • If you are current and former smokers between the ages of 55 to 80 years age
  • If you have or had a habit of smoking a pack ad day for 30 years.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, low-dose CT Scans are the best way to screen

Reducing Risks by

  • Don’t start smoking
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible
  • Test your home for radon
  • Avoid carcinogens at work
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise most days of the week (3 to 5 days a week)

Salish Cancer Center’s approach to treating Lung Cancer

Our medical oncologists at Salish Cancer Center deliver the latest, up-to-date treatments tailored specifically for each patient, including targeted therapy and immunotherapy in conjunction with chemotherapy as indicated.

Patients have the option to meet with our naturopathic doctor to discuss naturopathic medicine that may help with mitigating side effects of treatment, discuss diet, supplements that may be of benefit while undergoing cancer treatment.

Acupuncture is also a service available at the cancer center.  Studies have shown this may help with:*

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiation-induced xerostomia(dry mouth)
  • Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Hot flashes
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cell counts)

Salish Cancer Center strives to deliver an innovative, as well as a holistic approach to treating cancer that allows for the best outcome possible.

Our caring support staff is available by phone, 253-352-6317 to answer questions, and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with lung cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the physician team’s combined expertise at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Download Lung Cancer Infographic here

References:

Lung cancer. (2020, October 10). Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lung-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20374620

What Are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer? (2020, September 22). Retrieved November 11, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm

*The Value of Acupuncture in cancer care. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2008 Aug. PMID 18638692