What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is any cancer that starts in your lungs. Out of all the different types of cancer, lung cancer causes the most deaths in the USA. That’s why it’s important to know what causes lung cancer. By learning about the causes of lung cancer, we can gain valuable information to help prevent the condition. In this article we’ll discuss lung cancer causes and risk factors, and how Chinese Medicine can help.
Lung Cancer Causes:
Lung cancer usually occurs when your lung cells become damaged. If the cells in your lungs get damaged for any reason, they start to act abnormally. This increases your chances of getting cancer. While there are multiple different substances that can damage your lung cells, the main culprit is smoke. In fact, 90% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. This is because smoke starts to damage your lung cells as soon as you breathe it in. Other hazardous substances that may increase your risk of getting lung cancer include radon, asbestos, and arsenic.
Lung Cancer Risk Factors:
There are certain factors that can increase your risk of lung cancer. Some of these risk factors include:
- Smoking – The biggest risk factor for lung cancer is smoking (including cigars, cigarettes, and pipes). Smoke contains many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals.
- Exposure to Secondhand Smoke – Secondhand smoke is the smoke from another person’s cigarette and the smoke they breathe out.
- Radon – To help reduce your risk of lung cancer from radon, get your home checked for radon levels. Breathing in radon is the biggest risk factor for people who don’t smoke.
- Radiation Therapy – Previous radiation therapy in the chest area can increase your chances of getting lung cancer.
- History of Lung Cancer – You’re more likely to get lung cancer if you or your family have had lung cancer in the past.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you treat lung cancer in two main ways: strengthening the body and eliminating evil. The first way involves strengthening your own body and immune system to help fight cancerous growths. The second way helps to eliminate cancer from your body. A scientific study has shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine can achieve these purposes effectively. Researchers have even discovered the specific mechanisms by which certain Chinese Medicine herbs can help treat lung cancer. One study found that “TCM can regulate the proliferation, apoptosis, adhesion, and migration of cancer cells, as well as inhibit tumor angiogenesis, change the host immune system and inhibit tumor growth.”
If you’ve already had mainstream treatments for lung cancer (like chemotherapy or surgery), Chinese Medicine can also be used to help increase your chances of recovery. Acupuncture and moxibustion are two treatment options in Chinese Medicine that can help to improve the overall health of cancer patients. Chinese Medicine can help to reduce treatment-related side effects and pain, and reduce mortality and the recurrence of tumours in lung cancer patients. However, it’s important to note that the likelihood of recovering from lung cancer will also depend on the stage of your cancer and your overall health.
Overall, lung cancer is a deadly disease that can affect many people. The main cause of lung cancer is smoking. Other risk factors include breathing in secondhand smoke and hazardous substances like radon or arsenic. If you have lung cancer, Chinese Medicine could be a good treatment option for you. Chinese Medicine can treat lung cancer by strengthening your body and eliminating evil, as well as by providing an effective supplementary treatment to other treatment options.
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