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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Common Early Signs That You May Have Lung Cancer

Warning signs of lung cancer may be more apparent in some sufferers than in others, depending on the type of cancer, and the stage that it has reached within the body. Lung cancer may show either moderate signs of being present, or may even show no signs at all. Most people when diagnosed with lung cancer, are usually in the later stages of the disease, which can be attributed to either the early warning signs being put down to other illnesses, or by being simply overlooked all together.

Common Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer

1. A persistent cough, also called a smoker's cough, that is usually attributed to heavy smokers. It usually starts first thing in the morning when a considerable amount of phlegm (a sticky liquid secreted by the mucus membranes) can be found in the throat. To clear the phlegm, it may be necessary to cough repeatedly, as phlegm acts as an irritant within the area of the throat. Persistent coughs may also affect those who have been exposed to throat, nasal, or lung irritants over a period of many years.

2. Coughing up small amounts of blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest pains, are also signs that lung cancer may be present within the body. Although often attributed to ageing, being a little out of trim, or slightly overweight, these conditions are usually caused by the growth of cancer cells within the lung, and their invasion into the surrounding tissues. These conditions should always be checked by a doctor, especially if they persist.

3. A dull aching pain in the shoulder that may move down the outside of the arm, is another warning sign that often gets over-looked. The pain may often get put down to something else, such as, the after effects of playing football, doing exercise, or even working excessively. But this type of shoulder pain is also a warning sign that lung cancer may be developing. The pain is often caused when cancer cells have invaded the nervous system, which may also attribute to a dull pain in the back.

4. A notable weight loss when eating normally should be another cause for concern. The weight loss may also be accompanied by continued and excessive fatigue even after a good nights sleep, together with depression and mood swing changes. These signs are often associated with lung cancer, and are usually categorized as being nonspecific as they are easily attributed to other causes.

5. Recurrent chest infections or pneumonia are often warning signs that the airways from the lungs may be obstructed, causing small abscesses (cells) to grow on the inside of the obstructed tubes, which overtime may grow into malignant tumours. The obstruction of the airways is usually caused when a portion of the lung has either partially or completely collapsed due to the cancer spreading.

Important: If any of these warning signs are apparent, an appointment should be made to see a doctor. If after consultations with the doctor, he is still unable to reassure as to the reasons for the existence of these conditions, then it is advisable that a second or even third opinion be sought.

Philip Albert Edmonds-Hunt is from the County of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has travelled most of Europe, and he has lived in Spain on more than one occasion. Philip has also travelled much of the USA and now lives and works as a Freelance Writer and English Teacher in Mexico. He is the owner of "The Oxford Quill," a small but reliable business offering a range of services such as, "Professional Article Writing, Proofreading, and Website Design." If you are interested in reading more about lung cancer, check out:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Early Signs You May Have Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. The disease affects the lining of the chest cavity and lungs by developing a lump in these areas. Sometimes, it affects the abdomen lining. This is caused by exposure to asbestos. There is still little information on how little the exposure to asbestos is risky. People who work at construction sites and mines are more likely to get this type of cancer. However, even the people who handle the clothes of these workers can get the disease. This is a rare type of cancer but a lot of information is being sought due to its linkage to asbestos.

Some people think that this cancer can be brought about by smoking. Recent studies tend to differ as there is no direct link of smoking and mesothelioma as lung cancer and smoking.

This is a deadly disease, with no cure. Therefore, one has to know the early signs and symptoms in order to treat it early enough.

Signs of the disease attacking the mesothelium are chest pain, shortness of breath, weight loss and frequent coughs. When the disease is attacking the lining of the abdomen, one is likely to experience unexplainable weight loss and abdominal swelling and pain. Other symptoms include coughing blood, pain in the fluid that covers the lungs, a hoarse cough, wheezing a lot and a problematic bowel functioning. In extreme and advanced cases, patients tend to experience jaundice, blood clots, weight loss and pleural effusion. These symptoms end to show after 10 to 50 years of exposure to asbestos. The symptoms are also too general and may be used to confuse the actual disease with a different one. This is why it is important that people visit hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment that will accurately perform a diagnosis.

It is imperative that one takes preventive measures as the disease is incurable. People who are exposed to asbestos in their daily work need to wear protective gear. Direct contact with asbestos will increase the chances of one contacting mesothelioma.

Everyone should go for frequent medical checkups so that the disease is diagnosed early enough. There are several treatment options. One can go for surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Treatment greatly depends on the level of the disease and how much damage it has caused the body. Some patients may only need to undergo epidemiology, immunotherapy or multimodality therapy.

People are also advised to eat healthy meals and a balanced diet to boost the immune system and prevent the disease from doing any further body damage.

In conclusion, once one spots these early signs, medical advice should be sought immediately. Since it is a deadly disease, treatment should be done by a skilled doctor. This is mainly to improve chances of survival.

Harry Hassami is the author and producers of The Mesothelioma Journal. The complete website information about the mesothelioma.

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