lung cancer awareness programme
In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month Panacea Biotec today organised programme to raise awareness and provide education about lung cancer and how it can be prevented and treated. Dr. Sadashivudu Gundeti, MD DM (Medical Oncology), NIMS, addressed the students at Westly College, Secunderabad. He explained the students about main causes of lung cancer.
Cancer, the dreaded disease has always stood as the biggest medical challenge staring at the mankind as well as the medical fraternity in the modern times. The disease in several of its menacing forms has been prevalent across the world troubling humans cutting across age and genetic built.
Lung cancer is a cancer that arises from the lungs, Small cell lung cancer and Non-small cell lung cancer are main lung cancer. 85-90% of lung cancer causes due to smoking. The best way to reduce one’s risk of developing lung cancer and other respiratory complications is to quit smoking at any age.
One way to raise awareness and support lung cancer patients is to tell those around us the truth about lung cancer. This new understanding can create new waves of support and aid to those who need and deserve our help. When people know more, they are more likely to lend a helping hand, key symptoms and screening options. Symptoms include change in mucus, chest or back pain, coughing up blood and difficulty swallowing. Tests that may be used to diagnose lung cancer include chest X-rays, CT and PET scans, bronchoscopy, and needle biopsies. If you are a current or former smoker and over age 55, you may be a candidate for a low-dose CT scan screening that can offer early detection of lung cancer, potentially at its earliest stages, he said.
He highlights the many risk factors to be aware of in order to detect lung cancer at the earliest stage possible. While most understand that smoking is the single greatest risk factor for lung cancer, other lesser known risk factors include environment and genetics.