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Overview

Lung cancer is the most common cancer to affect both men and women following skin cancer. It accounts for the highest number of cancer deaths every year, killing more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. This startling statistic is precisely why innovative treatments like the ones offered at UNIFONTIS are so vital to the oncology industry and cancer patients everywhere.

Identifying lung cancer in its early stages is challenging as initial symptoms present themselves similarly to a respiratory infection. Many patients write off their symptoms as nothing more than a cold and do not think to seek treatment for a larger problem.

Lung cancer can be subcategorized into two types: small cell and non-small cell. Non-small cell is more common and accounts for 80-85% of all lung cancers. Small cell lung cancer is more aggressive and fast-moving but only makes up 15-20% of all cases. It is possible to have lung cancer that is categorized as both small cell and non-small cell, but this is a rare condition.

Causes

Many lifestyle factors place one at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. Risk factors include:

  • Smoking: Smoking cigarettes is the top contributor to developing lung cancer. The risk increases depending on how many cigarettes smoked per day and for how many years. Quitting at any age can significantly lower the risk of developing lung cancer. 
  • Long-term exposure to secondhand smoke: Secondhand smoke contains the same amount of cancer-causing ingredients as first-hand smoke. As with smoking cigarettes directly, the longer one has been exposed to secondhand smoke, the higher their risk for developing lung cancer.
  • Exposure to radon gas: Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. If you live, work or frequent an area with high levels of uranium, radon gas eventually becomes part of the air you breathe.
  • Exposure to asbestos: Lung cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos is called mesothelioma. Chances for developing this form of lung cancer increase with workplace exposure to asbestos and smoking cigarettes.
  • Family history: Individuals with a parent, grandparent or sibling with lung cancer have an increased risk for developing the condition.

Symptoms

With some cases of lung cancer, serious symptoms may not present themselves until later stages. However, some people may notice minor signs, which they may mistake for less severe or acute illness. These symptoms include:

  • Appetite loss
  • Voice changes
  • Frequent chest infections
  • Lingering cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing

Treatment

At UNIFONTIS, we treat lung cancer through all stages using a combination of vaccine therapy, hyperthermia, and aspirin infusion. Our integrative approach allows us to utilize a variety of innovative treatment options to give our patients their best fighting chance against cancer.

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