Lung cancer patients have very poor survival rates

Symptoms of lung cancer appear only at the late stages. In fact, 10% will have no symptoms at all.

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Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women throughout the world.

Ninety percent of patients diagnosed with lung cancer are smokers.

The remaining 10% who are non-smokers may have been exposed to the following: asbestos, arsenic, radiation, and pollution.

Symptoms of lung cancer

Like most cancers, symptoms of lung cancer appear only at the late stages. In fact, 10% will have no symptoms at all.

Most patients complain of cough, breathing difficulties, recurrent pneumonia, wheezing and bloody sputum. In severe cases, there may be hoarseness, difficulty in swallowing or frequent choking, chest pain, bone pain and severe weight loss.

A yearly chest x-ray for smokers and persons exposed to chemical and pollutants is a must. Once a tumor is detected, a CT scan and biopsy are performed.

Survival rates

Lung cancer is a deadly tumor and patients have very poor survival rates.

Stage I : 75%

Stage 2: 45%

Stage 3: 10%

Stage 4: Less than 5%

The most obvious and logical way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking.

The risks of living with a smoker

Once smokers quit, they not only protect themselves but their loved ones as well. A non-smoker living with a smoker has a 30% chance of also developing lung cancer.

Second hand smoke contains almost 7,000 harmful chemicals and 65 of them are cancerous. Can you imagine standing behind the exhaust pipe of a jeepney all day? That's what you are doing to yourself and your family.

Do you want to know the best time to stop smoking?

Yesterday.


Read more stories on the leading cancers in the Philippines:

BREAST CANCER: Knowing is half the battle

CERVICAL CANCER: Unlike other cancers, this is contagious!

OVARIAN CANCER: The deadliest of female cancers

COLORECTAL CANCER: May be hereditary