Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Learning About Lung Cancer and Other Diseases that Come with the Job

Having a quasi-desk job has its risks, at least that's what the safety videos say. Lung cancer, heat stroke, and straining my back are some of them. Yes, I'm being sarcastic and honestly, I don't know why I need to watch videos about working in a factory when my job doesn't entail that but alas, safety training is mandatory.

But while on the topic of lung cancer, anyone is susceptible to it and not just smokers. Granted, those chronic smokers are more of a risk but inhaling second-hand smoke or exposure to asbestos increase the risk.

Growing up I remember Aunt Sue having lung cancer and she eventually died. I didn't know her well, she my Dad's aunt, a nurse, and chronic smoker. I remember she continued to smoke during the lung cancer treatment and up until her final days. Her logic (as I recall) being stopping wouldn't end the cancer, but I still wonder, would it have given her more time?

Times have changed since then and my friends at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center are one of the leaders when it comes to lung cancer diagnosis, surgery and treatment. While browsing their site, I found a list of lung cancer symptoms and find it hard to believe some people don't know they have the disease. But apparently, some people don't have the obvious symptom and don't know they have it.

Cancer is scary and doing a search of the Internet, the Greenebaum Cancer Center seems like one of the best thoracic oncology programs in the U.S., a center where many patients have trusted their lives and have gone for lung cancer surgery.

Of course, I'm not a doctor nor expert in the field so run a Google search and other necessary research to find a thoracic oncology center right for you when fighting lung cancer.

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