April 9, 2013
What would your first reaction be if you were told you have Lung Cancer? How would you be able to tell your family without it tearing them apart inside? Lung Cancer and many other Cancers have become a huge problem around the world. When you lose a close friend or family member to Cancer it hits you hard, but you have to stay strong for that person and keep living your life. I will be talking about several different things throughout this paper informing you on much needed information about Lung Cancer. Have you ever wondered if Lung Cancer could be spread to other parts of the body? My grandfather had Lung Cancer. He refused treatment after so many years of being in pain, and slowly the cancer spread all throughout his body even to his bones. We know so little about the facts of Lung Cancer. We are going to learn about the causes, stages/types, and treatments of Lung Cancer.
Some people think they know what causes Lung Cancer, and the majority blames it completely on smoking. What if a non-smoker gets Lung Cancer is it still caused by tobacco? Research has found that 90 percent of lung cancers arise as a result of tobacco use (Causes, 2007). The risk of lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes a person smokes over time; doctors refer to this risk in pack-years of smoking history (Causes, 2007). For example, take the number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years a person has been smoking (Causes, 2007). A person who has smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years has a 30 pack-year smoking history. While the risk of lung cancer increases with even a 10 pack-year smoking history, those with 30 pack-year histories or more are considered to have the greatest risk for developing lung cancer (Causes, 2007). Among those who smoke two or more packs per day, one in seven will die of lung cancer (Causes, 2007). Smoking numerous packs of cigarettes is the number one cause of lung cancer....