Archive for April, 2010

April 24, 2010

The good news about cancer is that if it’s found early enough, people can recover.

The bad news is when it isn’t found early enough.

My question is – why does it have to take so long to find lung cancer?

Often it seems that lung cancer is discovered too late and people die very soon after diagnosis; this is tragic especially in young people.

As a society we need to pay attention to the symptoms of lung cancer and not brush them aside because we think it won’t happen to us.

I made this mistake with breast cancer, and I could have saved myself a lot of grief with a timely mammogram.

We all need to raise our awareness of lung cancer symptoms, to listen to our bodies, and check out unhealthy symptoms.

So the most common symptoms of lung cancer are: cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

Other symptoms may be wheezing, hoarseness, and repeated chest infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

I’ve heard of a few people who have gone to the doctor to check out a cough and been put on antibiotics, then much later they find out they have lung cancer.

We need to pay attention if our gut feeling tells us there’s something seriously wrong, and we need to stand our ground to make sure we get the proper treatment.

I know that denial is the most common coping skill, but if we think about the benefits of finding cancer in an early stage compared to later stages, it makes sense to find out sooner rather than later.

It’s up to us to know our bodies well enough to know when something changes, and it’s up to us to take the next step.

It’s important that we care enough about ourselves to be our own best friend and take action if it’s needed; it’s simply a matter of self care and we all deserve this.

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