Kathy Griffin Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer, Know More About Risks For Nonsmokers

Kathy Griffin Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer, Know More About Risks For Nonsmokers

 Earlier this week, Kathy Giffen shocked people after announcing that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has to undergo surgery to remove a part of the lungs. She shared a statement on social media   about this, but the comedian noted that she was diagnosed with the diseases ‘even though I have never smoked.’

 Many experts warn people that even though people who do not smoke cigarettes or eat tobacco are prone to lung cancer. As per reports of the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40000 lung cancer patients they treat every year, and the cases are those who never smoked or smoked fewer than just a hundred cigarettes in all through their life.

People should keep in mind that they can be diagnosed with lung cancer but are less likely to develop if they do not smoke a cigarette or any other tobacco products. According to the CDC, Those who smoke are more prone to the disease, about 15 to 30 times more than nonsmokers.

Kathy Griffin Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer, Know More About Risks For Nonsmokers

Director of the James Thoracic Oncology Centre, Dr. David Carbone, said, if you have lungs you can get lung cancer as people who do not smoke are still at risk.’ According to senior vice president of surveillance, Ahmedin Jemal, ‘ the exposure of secondhand smoke or breathing in smoke from other person’s use of tobacco  is one of the leading causes of lung cancer among nonsmokers.’ He also added that exposure to radon, a naturally occurring gas trapped in houses, is also one of the most frequent causes of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Also, same as other cancers, people having a family history can also develop lung cancer.

Is lung cancer rare in nonsmokers?

CDC explains that about 10 percent to 20 percent of lung cancers develop in nonsmokers or those who smoked less than a hundred cigarettes in their lifetime. The main culprit is secondhand smoke exposure in these cases, as it contributes to about 7000 lung cancer diagnoses.

Kathy Griffin Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer, Know More About Risks For Nonsmokers

Dr. Jacob Sands explains that ‘any type of toxifies that affect the DNA can cause this, and we all only consider smoking.’

Treatment options of lung cancer

However, there are many options to treat lung cancer, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery in complicated cases. According to many health experts, the targeted therapy that treats by the usage of drugs at the target area shows positive results in the treatment of lung cancer among nonsmokers. 

Treatment of lung cancer like that for Giffin, surgery to remove the part is quite common among patients at an early stage of the disease.

Early signs of lung cancer among nonsmokers

The signs and symptoms of lung cancer among nonsmokers are the same as those are of smokers. However, the symptoms vary from person to person, including frequently coughing, feeling tired, chest pain, coughing by blood, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can confuse many nonsmokers as shortness of breath and coughing shows up in many health conditions. People with lung cancer generally do not show symptoms until the disease spreads to all other body parts.

How to lower the risk of lung cancer?

Everybody can lower the risk of lung cancer by staying away from secondhand smoke, diesel halts, or other air pollution types.  However, nonsmokers people with lung cancer may also have a DNA mutation, and cancer caused by these mutations may be rated with targeted therapy. Therefore, for people who are nonsmokers, experts do not recommend them for lung cancer screening. The reason is that the possible harm of screening overshadows the benefits in this matter.

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