November 17 is the International Lung Cancer Day and this is a good opportunity to become aware of the consequences of one of the silent enemies that caused it and that affects millions of people around the world.
PULMON CANCER: CAUSES OF THIRD DEATH IN ARGENTINA
Tobacco is a great ally of this disease. Death caused by cigarettes occupies the first place in∎ scale of preventable deaths in our country and in the world.
The lungs are organs formed by fine tissue that come in direct contact with the environment through inspired air, carried by the airway. Through exposure to different agents, pulmonary function deteriorates, but maybe for years until the problem is quite visible. This scenario is very common in cases of lung cancer, a disease that develops for several years and is difficult to detect in its initial phase, so it is important to recognize the triggers to take appropriate precautions. .
When the lungs become ill, their deficiencies echo throughout the body, triggering severe conditions that can endanger the lives of patients. Even though everyone may have different symptoms and don't even have it, the most significant signs are: shortness of breath, persistent coughing, wheezing, coughing up blood, chest pain and recurrent respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Tobacco is the first destroyer of the respiratory system and death caused by smoking is the first on a scale that can be prevented worldwide. Consumption of tobacco clogs arteries, increases the likelihood of developing sudden cardiac death, produces gastric ulcers, produces Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and is closely related to Cancer of the lungs, larynx, oral cavity, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, kidney and cervix.
The suggestion that smoking cessation is very important so smokers can have a better quality of life and realize that the damage is irreparable and does not depend on the dose, the earlier the smoking habit starts and the more cigarettes, increases the risk of suffering from this disease.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills more than 7 million people every year, of which more than 6 million are product consumers and around 890,000 are non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke. In addition to the risk of lung cancer, passive smoking is more likely to develop various respiratory and coronary diseases.
It's important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, carry out regular checks with your doctor and avoid exposure to toxic elements that affect tumor development. In the case of a family history, being or having become a smoker, or passive smoking, it is recommended to carry out a regular lung examination.