Respiratory The lungs are the largest portion of the respiratory system. They are responsible for the exchange of gasses, mainly oxygen and carbon dioxide. The lungs also function whether you are awake or sleep so that your body gets the oxygen that it needs.
Protection The nose acts as a filter to prevent large pollutant particles from entering the lungs.
Lung Cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined.
Lung Cancer Lung cancer is one of the most common cancer in the United States. The majority of people who get lung cancer have been cigarette smokers, but not all people who smoke get lung cancer.
Lung Cancerstatists The average lifetime chance that a man will develop lung cancer is about 1 in 13. For a woman it is 1 in 16. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.
Prevention Changing your life style can over time reduce the chance of you getting lung cancer. Quitting smoking reduce your chance of getting cancer and your risk can continue to decrease as long as you don’t smoke. The benefit of quitting smoking is greater the younger you are.
Need Help Medicated nicotine inhalers, nicotine patches, and oral medicines such as varenicline (Chantix) or bupropion are available to help you to quit smoking.
Work cited Cancer.org, 2011 American Cancer Society, Inc. Fremgen Frucht, Medical Terminology: A Living Language 4th ed. New Jersey: Pearson Education , 2009.