Cancer

  • Join Us in Lung Force Against Lung Cancer

    The American Lung Association's “Lung Force” is a fundraising event, hoping to unite women and standing (and walking) together to fight lung cancer, in women and in everyone else. According to the American Lung Association's website, a woman in the US is diagnosed with lung cancer every five minutes. This is a big problem, so it needs a lot of attention.

    Lung cancer is the #1 killer cancer afflicting women in this country, and is more prevalent than the dangerous and insidious emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD). It's time to raise funds and awareness so that we can bring these statistics down, and ensure that more women can live long and healthy lives, lung cancer free.

    It's alarming that the lung cancer death rate in women has increased by more than 50% over the past 35 years. Even with these numbers climbing in the case of women, anyone can get lung cancer. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. While men still smoke more cigarettes than women, the gap between these two numbers is closing. This is the main contributer in the rising number of women being diagnosed with lung cancer.

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  • Medical Research Discovers COPD, Asthma and Cancers Share Common Gene

    Around 20 years ago, a gene was discovered by medical scientists that until recently, has been misclassified, and more recent studies shed more light on it. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published the findings of their study in eLife, an online medical publication. This gene was found to be a common link between asthma and COPD and a few different kinds of cancer.

    On the surface, these diseases have some things in common. Shortness of breath, wheezing the inflammation of the lungs and excess mucus production in the lungs. The thing these have in common with this gene, in particular, is mucus production.

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – What You Should Know

    Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you'll likely see many things in stores have either turned pink, or now have pink labels to raise money and awareness for this dangerous disease. It's unfortunate that some stores and companies will try to capitalize on this disease, and say that most of the proceeds go to organizations like the Susan G. Komen foundation, when all of the proceeds go back into the company. To make sure your money is going to breast cancer research, you can always donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation via their website at NationalBreastCancer.org.

    Breast cancer is one of the more prevalent types of cancer among women, the only other type of cancer that is more prevalent is lung cancer. According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life – that's a little over 12%. Invasive breast cancer is the most dangerous, because it can quickly spread from the breast to the healthy tissue in the surrounding areas through the blood and lymphatic system. The stages of breast cancer of I through IV are invasive.

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  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Cancer Treatment

    Patients with lung cancer experiencing shortness of breath can in turn, start to have a dangerously low blood oxygen level. A low blood oxygen level will further cause complications and make you feel even worse. If you have a good chance of survival, further complications from shortness of breath that usually goes along with lung cancer is definitely something that needs to be treated.

    Your doctor might determine that you need to use oxygen therapy, if your blood oxygen level is below where it should be. This would be diagnosed with a few tests, including a blood test. By looking at the results, he or she will be able to write a prescription for how much oxygen you need to be getting, how often, and during which daily activities or specific times of the day you will need to use it.

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  • How to Prevent Lung Cancer

    April is now cancer control month in the United States, as announced by The White House in 2012. Aside from all of the different types of cancer, lung cancer is the ones that causes the most deaths in men and women, middle aged people and senior citizens. One of the ways of dealing with lung cancer during treatment might be the use of oxygen therapy.

    The high death rate for people with lung cancer, is because in the early stages, it can be hard to find an detect. The lungs are a comparatively large organ and there are two of them, so a cancerous tumor can grow inside them for a while without being detected. If you happen to get a chest x-ray for other reasons, a tumor and lung cancer can be found. If you're lucky, the cancer wouldn't have spread because of the type of lung cancer it might be. Just like any other cancer, it can spread to other parts of the body and make treating it much more difficult, with a poor prognosis.

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