Dr. Oz: Lung Cancer Warning Signs The Little Cough That Kills
Dr. Oz: When Coughs Kill; In this segment of the Dr. Oz Show Dr. Oz Lung Cancer The Little Cough That Kills, Oz is joined by renowned experts in the field of lung cancer, Dr. Otis Brawley Cheif Medical Officer Of The American Cancer Society and Dr. Regina M. Vidaver. Dr. Regina M. Vidaver is the Executive Director of National Lung Cancer Partnership, the only national lung cancer organization founded by physicians and researchers and focused on understanding how the disease affects women and men differently.
Lung cancer kills more than breast and colon and pancreatic cancer combined, but a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. The number one cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking, The Little Cough That Kills: Lung Cancer-You don’t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer, you can catch lung cancer early if you know the warning signs like a little cough that never leaves.
Eileen grew up in a family of non smokers, she is a non smoker and was healthy:
Eileen: “I was 32 when she was pregnant with her second child and I had a nagging cough, a year later I still had the cough and that’s when I brought it up to my doctor. She said my lungs were clear but it’s good to get the chest Xray which showed a spot on my lung that they believed was an infection.
Dr. Oz: “But after two weeks on antibiotics, Eileen wasn’t better-a CT Scan was ordered followed by a biopsy.”
Eileen: “The doctor had called me the results had come in and it was positive for (NSCLC) Non Small Cell Adenocarcinoma, I just knew that was cancer but it couldn’t be, I was healthy, a non smoker, I did not fit the category.”
Cancer Treatments Of America:
“Non-small cell lung cancers make up over three quarters of all new lung cancer cases in the United States. While there is only one type of small cell lung cancer, there are three types of non-small cell lung cancer. The three types of non-small cell lung cancer are squamous carcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. When adenocarcinoma develops in the lung’s air sacs, it is called bronchioalveolar adenocarcinoma. About forty percent of all lung cancer cases diagnosed today are adenocarcinoma”.
Dr. Oz: “Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the United States, last year alone more than 220,000 people were diagnosed and nearly 160,000 died. The vast majority are caused by smoking, but shockingly you don’t have to be to get lung cancer”
“I first started trying to figure out what was wrong with me when I was 40, I was tired a lot, started to get a lot of infections and shortness of breath. For two years I was treated as I had asthma because I was someone who never smoked, nobody ever mentioned lung cancer”.
Dr. Oz: “That’s because 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking and that’s why doctors often miss the deadly signs in a non smoker. Lung cancer can be a silent killer with no symptoms at all”
“They removed most of my left lung the tumor inside had been 5 centemeters, a big tumor.
It’s been 6 and a half years since Diane’s diagnosis:
Diane: “In August of 2004 I pulled a back muscle picking up my son and I went to my doctor and she ordered a CT Scan, and the CT Scan showed I had a nodule on my left lung. The doctors told me they were quite certain it wasn’t lung cancer because I didn’t have a smoking history. I wasn’t comfortable with that so I got a second opinion and that doctor said I had a better chance of being struck by lightening that getting a lung cancer. A month later I had a biopsy and it’s a phone call I’ll never forget, I had lung cancer. I really didn’t know anything about lung cancer other than the fact that it’s a very deadly disease and a disease I didn’t think I’d ever have to worry about because I wasn’t a smoker”.
Dr. Otis Brawley: ” Lung cancer is a significant problem for women, it’s the largest killer of women in terms of cancers.
Dr. Oz: “Smoking and lung cancer, besides smoking what are the largest causes of lung cancer in women?”
Dr. Regina M. Vidaver: “#1 is smoking but people who have already quit smoking remain at risk for up to 20 years or longer. There are other risk factors as exposure to radon, exposure to second hand smoke and the genetic cards that were dealt.”
Dr. Oz went on to say for us folks at home you can never be a smoker and still have a chance of getting lung cancer, that’s not small. Dr. Vidaver said f you have lungs you can get lung cancer. Oz said 20,000 non smokers will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
Dr. Oz Lung Cancer-What The Risks Are For Lung Cancer And How To Catch Lung Cancer Early
Dr. Oz said to catch lung cancer early you got to know the warning signs, and there 3 warnings signs to watch for;
1. A cough that doesn’t go away-Persistent untreatable cough
2. Coughing up blood
3. Chest, neck or shoulder pain
When does a cough become cancer; It has to be a new or different cough that doesn’t go away even after multiple rounds of antibiotics. If your coughing up blood that is an indication of the cancer actually starting to invade some of the blood vessels in the lungs and that should send anyone to the doctor right away says Dr. Vidaver.
If you’ve had a cough for more than a month and had more than one course of antibiotics you need to pay attention to that warning sign that you may have lung cancer says Dr. Oz and to seek medical attention.
Dr. Brawley said that with Chest, neck or shoulder pain sometimes the tumor, cancerous tumors will start invading into the chest wall and the muscle and that will cause irritation of nerves and actually cause pain, it can have a direct effect on nerves.
Dr. Oz asked Dr. Vidaver why is it so important for us to understand that people without a smoking history can get lung cancer?
Dr. Vidaver said that’s the most important group to get this message to about lung cancer, they are not seen as “at risk”. Know your symptoms of lung cancer, know your body and make sure you don’t take “ah it’s nothing” for an answer.