Cancer is one of the most pervasive and life-threatening conditions currently facing the American public. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 million Americans develop some form of cancer each year. Since cancer is on the rise, it’s very important to understand the signs and symptoms of various types of cancers and their treatment options. The most common cancers on the rise are lung cancer, prostate cancer and asbestos-related cancer.
Lung cancer is a pernicious form of cancer which affects the lung tissues and the cell linings of the respiratory system. While there is no known singular cause of lung cancer, exposure to carcinogens and harmful chemicals is widely believed to trigger the disease. Lung cancer manifests itself in a number of signs and symptoms. Some of the most notable symptoms of lung cancer include persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, an unusually hoarse voice, coughing up blood, sharp chest/back pain, and discoloration of phlegm and mucus. If you experience any of these signs persistently, please seek immediate medical attention.
Like other forms of pernicious cancers, lung cancer develops gradually over time. Signs and symptoms manifest at an advanced stage. Research shows that individuals who smoke tobacco are 10 times more likely to develop cancer than their non-smoking counterparts. The risk is amplified if smokers are also exposed to asbestos fibers. Prevention includes avoiding carcinogens, asbestos and abstaining from tobacco use.
Prostate cancer is a form of cancer which affects the male reproductive system. In 2013, it was estimated that in America alone, 233,000 men developed prostate cancer, and that number is on the rise. As in other forms of cancer, prostate cancer develops gradually and the symptoms only become visible at an advanced stage. Some of the indications of prostate cancer include piercing pain, difficulty urinating, blood stained urine, swelling on the legs, and a reduced force of urine stream. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.
The risk for developing prostate cancer is higher among men who are 65 years or older, but may also affect men who are much younger. Recent research shows that family history and obesity play a strong role in contributing to the development of the disease. The key to preventing prostate cancer is eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle. Even if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, treatment can be highly successful if the disease is diagnosed early.
Asbestosis is a severe, progressive, and chronic disease which occurs as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibers. When a person inhales asbestos fibers, the fibers become embedded in the lungs. The fibers accumulate and will eventually cause irritation and scarring of internal tissues of the lungs which inhibits normal breathing. Some of the major symptoms of asbestosis include acute breath, persistent dry cough, troubled breathing, tiredness, chest pain, and diminished appetite. These symptoms mimic those of lung cancer and so proper diagnosis is required to ascertain whether you have asbestosis or another life-threatening condition.
Asbestosis is often misdiagnosed due to the rarity of the condition and because symptoms take some time to manifest. Signs and symptoms of asbestosis may not occur until 10 or more years after the initial exposure. The risk of developing asbestosis depends on the amount and duration of exposure asbestos fibers. The majority of people who develop asbestosis were exposed to asbestos routinely though others develop it with a few exposures. Since there are no effective treatments for asbestosis, symptoms are controlled through a number of medications and therapies.
What you can doIf you or your loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis or asbestos-related cancer, you are not alone. Many of these diagnoses stem from the past exposure to asbestos which may have been prevented. Recently, those afflicted by asbestosis and asbestos related mesothelioma have filed asbestos cancer lawsuits against the negligent parties.
Asbestos-related cancers are some of the most devastating diseases for individuals and their families. Most develop gradually over time and symptoms may only begin to manifest at an advanced stage. The risk of developing cancer is amplified several times among people who smoke tobacco or have been exposed to asbestos. If you suspect any of the above symptoms, please talk to your physician immediately.
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