Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the Philippines. More than 25% of Filipinos above the age of 15 smoke cigarettes, putting millions of Filipinos at risk of developing lung cancer.
Who is at risk of lung cancer?
The following are risk factors of lung cancer:
Occupational and environmental factors such as
Use of coal or wood while cooking
Age 40 and above
Family history - first degree relative
What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
New, worsening, or persistent cough
Coughing up blood
Shortness of breath
Chest infections that do not respond to treatment
Unexplained weight loss
Tiredness or fatigue
Bone and joint pains
How do I prevent lung cancer?
Quit smoking. This is crucial because cigarette smoke damages the lungs and can lead to changes that might develop into cancer.
Emillions-of-filipinos-at-risk-of-developing-lung-cancerxercise. Exercise to keep your lungs healthy, but avoid exercising in high traffic areas as this exposes you to outdoor pollution.
Wear appropriate protective equipment such as masks in environments where there is high exposure to dust, gas, fumes, or chemicals.
Talk to your GP doctor if you are at high risk or have symptoms of possible lung cancer.
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