Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and accounts for about 18.4% of all cancer deaths in the US. It is also the second most common cancer in women. Developing countries in Asia, such as the Philippines, have one of the highest lung cancer rates. The statistics of lung cancer in the Philippines put the country on 85thrank among other nations with its 13.46 percent rate.
Symptoms of cancer vary from person to person. Some people do not show any syndromes until cancer has advanced. These symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing blood
- Chronic cough, and
- Feeling unwell
If an individual is experiencing these signs, it is essential to see a doctor to have it checked and treated.
Various Types of Remedies
There are many different treatments available to fight lung cancer. Nevertheless, patients need to have their tumors checked to know what type of lung cancer they have.
- Treatments are based on an individual’s cancerand the extent of the tumor’s spread. Patients will undergo specific chemotherapy or radiation.
- Surgery is also an option for some patients. A surgical procedure removes a portion of the lungs and tumor.
- Another treatment is targeted therapy, which aims atcancer cells by using drugs that target molecular alterations in cancer cells.
The major contributing factor to lung cancer in developing countries are:
- Air pollution
- Household pollution, and
- Secondhand smoke exposure
People are also at higher risk of developing lung cancer if they have had a lung infection or an infection of the lungs. Those with an increased risk of getting lung cancer should get regular screening.
Until recently, lung cancer was the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the country. This has changed over the last few decades, with cases declining. Nevertheless, the disease is still the leading cause of death from cancer despite this decrease.
Tobacco control is one of the major primary prevention efforts. It involves sales and marketing restrictions and taxation and includes cessation support. Howbeit, this can be a difficult resolution since there are 19.9 million smokers in the country. This is why lung cancer in the Philippines is common.
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