How Lung Cancer risks can also apply to non-smokers

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Do you know that there is a chance that non-smokers can also be impacted by lung cancer risks too?


Most times, advice is being given to smokers on how to prevent lung cancer but then being a non-smoker doesn't automatically clear you from lung cancer and its risks.


Using Tobacco is one of the major ways someone can contract lung disease, but the truth is nearly 20 percent of people dying from lung cancer in the world annually don't use or smoke tobacco and they actually might be quite young. So, what are the causes of lung cancer in non-smokers? 


Some risks factors that non-smokers and smokers should know include:


a) Family/personal history of lung cancer:


If anyone in your family, maybe your family has a history of lung cancer or you have had lung cancer in the past then the chances of you developing another lung cancer are actually high.


b) Being a secondhand smoker


Being in a smoking environment or breathing in the smoke from other people can actually increase your risk of having lung cancer because at that moment it is even more unhealthy for you than it is for them. Secondhand smoking is actually responsible for over 7000 deaths from lung cancer every year.


c) Cancer-causing agents in the workplace


In recent times, there have been laws enacted to protect workers from any form of exposure to carcinogens which are cancer-causing agents. If you find yourself exposed to the following, you might be putting yourself at risk.


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Exposures to diesel exhaust, radioactive ores, asbestos, chemicals such as silica, cadmium, beryllium, arsenic, mustard gas, coal products, vinyl chloride are all proven to be lethal when inhaled. So, always avoid exposure to chemicals like this and smoke in general


The symptoms of this may include:


1) Persistent cough


This is not just an allergy-induced cough but a persistent cough that refuses to go away. If you have a cough that lingers for several weeks, you have to go to the hospital immediately, it might be an early sign of lung cancer, sufferers have also been known to cough out blood during the later stage of this illness.


2) Muscle soreness and body aches:


You may experience severe dull pain in your shoulders, weakness, and soreness in your bones, and even chest pain. If left unchecked and untreated, the pain can get worse especially at night. 


3) Difficulty in swallowing:


Do you find it difficult to swallow your food or are you gagging on your food? This might be a sign of lung cancer as lung cancer normally makes it difficult for someone to swallow, always making it seem as if something is on your throat.


This can be pointing to inflammation of the esophagus which is a very fatal warning sign, anyone with this symptom should go to the hospital immediately as it can be dangerous.


4) Persistent Respiratory illness:


having a persistent respiratory sickness like pneumonia or bronchitis can be a sign of tumors that are malignant in your lungs. You should check that immediately.


5) Unexpected Or Unexplainable Losing of weight:


Losing or gaining 10 pounds of weight can be said to be normal but a sudden loss of weight should not be ignored as it can be linked to serious health complications like lung cancer. You might want to pay attention if you are weak and loses energy quickly as this might be a result of lung cancer.


Witnessed any of the symptoms, don't fear, just a visit to the hospital will help diagnose the problem.

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