Lung Cancer

What is Lung Cancer?

Approximately 180,000 new cases of lung cancer arise yearly, making this disease the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Ironically, it is also the most preventable form of cancer. Yet lung cancer is responsible for 32% of cancer deaths in men and 25% in women. The ratio of men to women suffering from lung cancer is 10 to 7.

Lung CancerLung cancers develop, as do all cancers, when the normal cells of an organ (in this case, the lung) become damaged, go haywire, lose their normal characteristics, and cease responding to the body's controls. These rogue cells begin to divide and grow and infiltrate the normal tissue from which they came, choking it out. The cancerous cells can enter the bloodstream, travel to distant areas of the body, and take root there as well, forming what we call metastases.

There are approximately 20 different kinds of lung tumors, but fully one-third of them are of two types—squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma—with about another one-quarter of the small cell (or oat cell) carcinoma type. The names generally indicate what kind of lung cell went haywire—for example, squamous cell carcinoma means a cancer that arose from the cells that line the bronchial tubes (the squamous epithelial cells). Adenocarcinoma refers to a cancer that developed from mucus-producing cells, and so on.

Although other factors, such as asbestos, radiation, heavy metals, air pollution, and severe lung scarring from infection can be contributors to cell damage and the development of cancers, the biggest and most important cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. My mother died from lung cancer at the ripe old age of 55. She began smoking at about age 5 behind the garage, and she stopped smoking the day she died. We watched her try to rise from her intensive care unit bed to go down the hall to a smoking area the day following surgery to remove most of one lung. We implore you—if you currently smoke, stop! All the good nutrition and vitamins on earth won't matter if you continue to assault your lungs daily with tobacco smoke. Other carcinogens that are avoidable include marijuana smoke, secondhand smoke, heavy metals, asbestos, and air pollutants. But in addition to avoiding these risk factors, what does nutrition offer you? Let's take a look in Lung Cancer diet.

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What makes Lung Cancer worse?

• A diet high in fat may contribute to the development of lung cancer, although how it does so is not clear. Studies have shown that people who ate the lowest amount of dietary saturated fat had the fewest lung cancers. Recommendation: Follow the macronutrient guidelines as mentioned earlier to construct a diet that contains no more than 30% total fat, and try to keep saturated (animal) fat calories to 10% of your day's intake.

•  Drinking more than a modest amount of alcohol, especially beer, increases your risk for lung cancer. Recommendation: Reduce your alcohol consumption to no more than a single "lite" beer, a single 4- to 6-ounce glass of wine, or a single ounce of distilled spirits once or twice a week.

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