Cancer is a scary word. But when you know all the facts, knowledge and understanding can reduce the fear. Find out everything you need to know about cancer and its effects...

Lung Cancer

This cancer is one of the most devastating diseases in the history of the world.  What happens in this disease can include a multitude of different physiological processes, each with their own devastating consequences.  For example, sometimes lung cancer can progress to the point of metastasis, which is actually the infection of surrounding tissues and organs that are outside the area of the lungs. 

Facts About Lung Cancer In The UK

The most common type of lung cancer experienced by patients is a carcinoma, affecting epithelial cells. The truth is, this cancer kills more people per year than breast, kidney, colon, liver, and melanoma cancers.  And, because cancer isn't always fatal, we took a look at which groups of cancer patients were dying the most.  The sad truth revealed that 30% of all deaths due to cancer were due primarily to lung cancer. 

Don't think that just because you don't smoke that you are immune to this crippling disease.  In some places in the world, this disease kills more people than AIDS. 

112 people everyday in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with this disease, making it one of the most common forms of cancer within the country.  Thankfully, 8 in 10 of these cancer patients are 60 years or older, making it a primarily an age related disease. 

According to 2008 statistics, there were 1.61 million new cases diagnosed in 2008.  This is across the world of course, not just in the UK.

Did you know?  In Scotland, the prevalence of lung cancer is very high.  The prevalence of smokers there is also very high, leading researchers to establish a link between the two.  Smoking is called a risk factor, and there are many of these to watch out for.  Below is the most commonly recognized group of risk factors.

Lung Cancer Risk Factors

Of course, smoking is the main culprit responsible for the majority of these cancer cases.  After the late 1970's, after World War II, smoking rates decreased dramatically.  Since then, the number of these types of cancer cases have decreased by 45%.  This led scientists to agree that there is a definite link between smoking and the occurrence of this cancer. 

Dietary risk factors are present as well.  A junk food diet that is full of empty calories can definitely increase the occurrence of this type of cancer.  Always remember to fuel your body with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and whole grains. 

Lack of exercise is another well known risk factor.  People who live a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to this form of cancer and other forms of cancer as well.  It just makes sense to treat your body with the respect it deserves.  It only takes 20 minutes a day to greatly improve your chances of good health by getting the exercise you need. 

Environmental pollution is another risk factor.  If you work at a job where there is carcinogenic material present, be sure that you keep yourself safe from these and any other toxins that may be present.