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    One in every 14 men and women will be diagnosed with bronchogenic cancer, according to the US National Cancer Institute. Bronchogenic carcinoma or lung cancer

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    What causes bronchogenic carcinoma and how does this cancer spread? Are there ways to prevent it?

    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    One in every 14 men and women will be diagnosed with bronchogenic cancer, according to the US National Cancer Institute. Bronchogenic carcinoma or lung cancer is considered a disease of the elderly as 70 percent of people diagnosed with it are over 65 years old. But it can still affect younger individuals, in some cases.

    In the 1930s, this disease wasn’t as common as it is now. It’s probably because tobacco smoking wasn’t a common habit at that time. As soon as the habit increased, the incidence of bronchogenic carcinoma also increased.

    Even though the public is being educated about the dangers of tobacco smoking, many people are still unyielding when it comes to quitting this nasty habit.

    Ninety-five percent of all cases of lung cancer are caused by cigarette smoking. The effects of carcinogens in the tobacco can act directly to the lungs and develop malignancies in the bronchial tubes.

    Then, they spread to the rest of the organ.

    The discovery of the link between bronchogenic carcinoma and smoking was made by a German physician on his paper in 1929. It showed there the connection and hypothesized that this type of cancer is caused by smoking because the patients who had this disease were smokers, according to his report.

    At that time, those smokers didn’t want to believe that smoking could cause cancer. In fact, most of them didn’t believe that this habit was harmful.

    Instead, they paid attention to what the manufacturers of tobacco were saying — that tobacco effects were beneficial to the mind.

    Forty years after the study was conducted, US Surgeon General stated that the evidence of the link between smoking and bronchogenic carcinoma is sufficient.

    That, indeed, smoking could cause lung cancer.

    What other causes of bronchogenic carcinoma?

    Even if you don’t smoke, you could still develop this type of cancer. We’ll discuss about it later on.


    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    Inhaling its fibers could cause lung cancer

    Asbestos fibers could also cause bronchogenic carcinoma to develop in your lung tissues after exposure to asbestos. This is one of the reasons the use of asbestos is banned in many countries, excluding the Philippines.

    If your work involves exposure to asbestos, then you should wear masks each time you handle this substance.

    Radon gas

    In addition to asbestos, radon gas is also known as a culprit of lung cancer. There are about 20,000 lung cases in the US that have been attributed to radon gas, making it the second leading cause of this cancer.

    The bad thing is that radon gas can easily travel to the soil and enter your home through gaps in the pipes, drains and other openings.

    Good thing is that it can be detected using simple test kits, despite the gas’ invisibility and odorless nature.

    Air pollution

    Air pollution from industry and power plants can raise your likelihood to develop this type of cancer if you’re constantly exposed to it. Prolonged exposure can put you at high risk of developing bronchogenic carcinoma, which is similar to passive smoking.

    Symptoms and signs of bronchogenic carcinoma

    Unfortunately, the warning signs of this cancer are not always present. In some cases, it may not cause pain. When there’s abnormal growth in your lung tissues, it may interfere with how you breathe causing the following symptoms to occur:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Wheezing
    • Chest pain
    • Coughing up of blood

    But said symptoms and signs could also be caused by another disease, like pneumonia or tuberculosis.

    Passive smoking and lung cancer

    No matter how you say “no to smoking,” you can still develop bronchogenic carcinoma. That’s a sad fact! This is especially true if you live with a smoker.

    As the fumes are exhaled out by the smoker, you’ll be exposed to the “pollution” brought by the smoke of tobacco.

    But passive smoking won’t only lead to bronchogenic carcinoma. Studies showed that it can also lead to brain tumor when you’re constantly exposed to passive smoking.

    The unborn child of a pregnant woman who doesn’t smoke may develop brain tumor. This is especially true if the mother is exposed to second-hand smoke during her pregnancy.

    How many packs of cigarettes you should consume to develop lung cancer?

    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    Comparison between smoker’s lungs and non-smoker’s lungs

    Any amount of smoking can lead to bronchogenic carcinoma. Whether you’re just starting out or have been smoking for more than a decade, you’ll have more chances of having this disease than those who don’t smoke or aren’t exposed to passive smoking.

    However, those who smoke more than one pack a day would increase their chances or likelihood to develop this type of cancer.

    Can quitting help you stop lung cancer from developing?

    Unfortunately, it can’t. However, it can lower your chances of developing this cancer the moment you quit. After you stop, your body will repair itself. There’s no technology that can determine whether or not the damage can be corrected. Still, it’s worth the gamble.

    How can you prevent bronchogenic carcinoma?

    Just like any other types of cancer, bronchogenic carcinoma doesn’t develop overnight. Thus, not smoking or quitting smoking can reduce your risk.

    Take curcumin every day

    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    It’s spicy but it’s all worth it!

    It’s a spice that you can taste when you’re eating an Indian cuisine. The yellow color of this spice contains medicinal properties and phytochemicals that can fight cancer cells.

    In a study conducted at the University of California, it showed that this spice could trigger molecular changes in the body that leads to a self-destruction of lung cancer cell lines.

    Avoid eating excess protein

    Eating high protein diets can cause pancreatic enzymes to concentrate on digesting protein. This isn’t bad. But it’s known that these enzymes could aid and destroy cancer cells. Thus, when they’re too focused on protein digestion, they won’t be able to eradicate cancer cells.

    If your goal is to minimize your risk of developing bronchogenic carcinoma, then you should avoid eating excessive amount of protein.

    Consume foods with indole-3-carbinol

    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    Broccoli is my fave, what’s yours?

    It’s a compound commonly found in cruciferous vegetables. This compound also showed to boost detoxification process in the body allowing carcinogens to be obliterated or eliminated out of the body.

    Apart from consuming those foods, you must also follow a diet that’s rich in antioxidants. They can neutralize the free radicals that may lead to cancer cells.

    Avoid foods with aflatoxin

    Yes, carcinogenic substances can be found in foods. Foods that are processed, stored or transported will have the chance of allowing certain types of fungus to grow. These fungi could produce toxins that might cause bronchogenic carcinoma and other types of cancers as they can damage DNA.

    Peanuts aren’t the only food that’s vulnerable to contamination with aflatoxin. Whole grains, nuts and spices can be at risk of having fungus that produces aflatoxins.

    Thus, it’s essential to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and seeds. Don’t eat nuts that look suspicious. To further reduce your risk, you must consume green veggies that contain high amount chlorophyll.

    Consume Brazil nuts

    Brazil nuts not only useful and beneficial in weight loss but it’s also great in preventing bronchogenic carcinoma.

    They’re rich in selenium. It’s a mineral that’s found in soil. According to scientists, it encourages cancer cells to kill themselves while it helps the body in repairing the DNA.

    Although you can always obtain selenium from supplements, it’s best to obtain it from food. According to research, men who took this mineral from a supplement had increased their risk of developing prostate cancer. Not a good thing!

    Eat garlic every day

    Bronchogenic Carcinoma: How Does this Cancer Spread and How to Prevent it?

    Just don’t talk to me!

    It may cause you to suffer from halitosis temporarily but it’s a beneficial herb that contains sulfur compounds. These compounds are known to stimulate your immune system to assist the body in getting rid of those cancer-causing chemicals from tobacco and other sources.

    They cause those cancer cells to go through a process of apoptosis or cancer cells committing suicide.

    Choose not to eat meat products with nitrates

    Nitrates are usually found in bacon, sausages, and junkies. When you eat these types of foods, the nitrates in them will be converted to nitrites that may turn into nitrosamines, which may cause cancer cells to occur.

    But you can combat such by eating or consuming vitamin C and E. They can prevent nitrosamine formation, thereby, preventing the development of cancers, including bronchogenic carcinoma.

    Get plenty of sunshine

    Vitamin D promotes proper cell maturation and reproduction. And most of the body’s vitamin D is coming from the sunlight. A deficiency in this vitamin can affect communication between cells. When this happens, the cells won’t stick together, allowing the cancer cells to grow and develop.

    If you don’t consume enough vitamin D, you’ll be at risk of developing bronchogenic carcinoma, breast cancer and prostate cancer, among others.

    Once you have cancer

    Bear in mind that these things we’ve mentioned are only ways to prevent cancer from developing.

    Once you’re diagnosed to have malignant cells in your lungs, you must follow your doctor’s instructions on how to treat your condition. Those prevention tips won’t be able to help you out as the cancer cells are already present.

    The only way that they can do is to boost your immune system and to keep your health as stable as possible.

    Treatments for bronchogenic carcinoma

    There are several ways to treat this type of cancer and one of them is surgery. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may also be given. But this will depend on your medical condition, histopathology and your age. You must discuss these things to your doctor to know the proper treatment that can somehow eliminate the cancer cells from your lungs so you can live longer.


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    Rod Jong Rod Jong is a BS Chemistry graduate who believes that people must start consuming foods that are organically produced. If he’s not writing, then he’s busy managing his (organic) farm that utilizes the power of natural processes.

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