A Post About Lung Cancer by Cape Town Personal Trainer JP Steyl
Chances are you have heard of lung cancer, but you probably do not know much about it. You may even have the wrong idea about it like I did…
Lung cancer gets much less attention than other forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer, but it is even more deadly. In fact, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer. It kills more people each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined.
And yet many people know little about it. Here are some facts to help you be more in the know about this deadly cancer, and how you can provide hope to those who suffer with this deadliest of cancers.
Lung Cancer Facts
Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs, usually in the bronchi tubes. It is more common in older adults, and while smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, it also occurs in people who have never smoked. People who have lung cancer not related to smoking can often feel stigmatized, because so many people assume they have given themselves cancer by smoking.
There are two main types of lung cancer:
- Non-small cell lung cancer. This is the most common type of lung cancer. It grows more slowly than other main type of cancer and can be cured if caught early enough.
- Small cell lung cancer. This type of lung cancer accounts for about 20% of all lung cancers. It spreads and grows faster than non-small cell lung cancer. The survival rates for this type are lower than with non-small cell cancer.
It seems hard to believe, but even though lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer, it is the least funded as far as research money goes. This is truly a tragedy, since it is the most potent of all cancers.
Promising news for lung cancer patients
According to PhD candidate Catherine L. Granger, researchers have shown that “fitness may be associated with improved survival for people with lung cancer.”For those of us in the fitness industry, this is not shocking news: fitness is crucial for over-all health and longevity.
This is yet another reason to take your health and fitness seriously.
The key is in getting the word out. We need to get the word out about this deadliest of cancers, but we also need to spread the word that living a fit lifestyle may provide protection against it.
One of the best ways to help the fight against lung cancer is to make a donation to help grow the many foundations that support medical research and community education for this disease.
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JP Steyl- Head Coach at ForeverStrong P.T.
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