What is Cancer? Cancer is a group of diseases characterized byuncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.
How does Cancer start?• Cancer starts with the abnormal growth of one cell, which then can multiply into billions of cancerous cells. This will form a mass of tissue called a tumor. DID YOU KNOW? With the 100 trillion cells in the human body. Our bodies are constantly producing new cells to repair and replace old, worn-out tissue.
How does Cancer spread?• When a few of the cancer cells start producing chemicals that enhance blood vessel formation into the tumor. Through the new blood vessels formed cancerous cells now can break away from a malignant tumor and migrate to other parts of the body, where they can cause new cancer
Where can I get Cancer?Your Lungs is a common site for Cancer
What are some of the Lung Cancer risks factors? Cigarette smokers have 20 times or even greater risk than nonsmokers. Cigarette smokers are at much higher risk than nonsmokers or pipe and cigar smokers. Smokers of low-tar/nicotine cigarettes have slightly lower rates of lung cancer. Air pollution increases the risk for lung cancer Exposure to certain mining materials, uranium and radioactive products, and asbestos have been demonstrated to be associated with lung cancer.
What are some warning signs of Lung Cancer that I should watch for? Cough that doesnt go away Difficulty in swallowing Shortness of breath
3 factors that could have led to cancer prevention? Using a Respirator when around harmful chemicals Limiting exposure to secondhand smoke Incorporating Diet and Exercise into lifestyle
What can I do today to prevent getting cancer? Stay away from smoking and secondhand smoke. Smoking can also lead to Pancreatic and Oral Cancer Look for the warning signs, since early detection is crucial to stopping the Cancer Visit American Lung Association website for more information.
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