Lung cancer is the leading cause of death among both male and female people who suffer from cancer. It is also an incredibly painful, torturous disease, something that nobody should have to experience.
While many are aware of lung cancer, many also think that lung cancer and cigarettes are interchangeable terms; that is, many people think that only smokers die from lung cancer. But it is caused by more than just tobacco.
Of course, tobacco use is undoubtedly the main cause of lung cancer worldwide with smokers accounting for 85-90% of lung cancer deaths. Consequently, the disclaimer here should be obvious: if you don’t smoke then don’t start and if you do smoke then do stop. However, it is important for you to know about all the risks out there-and indeed, some of them seem to be virtually unstoppable.
What are the Other Causes of Lung Cancer?
Aside from cigarette smoking, there are 5 other main causes of lung cancer according to Dr. Joseph Mercola. These include:
- Frequent exposure to radon
- Frequent exposure to asbestos
- Frequent exposure to air pollution
- Frequent exposure to chemicals
As you can see, these lung cancer triggers are a part of the larger picture of pollution problems that are a direct result of the industrialization of our planet. Things like asbestos and radon are in many ways avoidable (though you can always unwittingly fall victim to their poisons) but general air pollution is something that everyone is exposed to, with virtually no chance for escape.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
First, you can avoid what you can avoid. Don’t smoke, stay away from asbestos, and try to be as chemical free as possible. To combat the pollution that you are exposed to, eat a healthy diet and stock up on antioxidants-Omega-3 oils in wild salmon, acai berries, kale, grapefruits and tomatoes are just a few of the many antioxidant rich foods that can help you fight cancer-causing free radicals. Get as much exercise as you can and try to avoid eating processed food-it only exposes you to more dangerous chemicals.
How Can I Stop Smoking?
Lung cancer kills and it comes from more than just cigarettes. But never forget that smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. It is something you can no longer make excuses for. If you want to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, then you need to kick your tobacco habit. Enlist the help of a smoking cessation coach, such as a hypnotherapist, and take your first steps to a healthier body and happier mind.