Factors that increase the risk of cancer
SMOKING: DO YOU RISK CANCER OF THE PLEURA?
Tobacco is the main risk factor for cancer in the lung. However, smokers are there further forms of lung disease, such as pleural cancer (mesothelioma) and pneumothorax? The point of this lung disease and their relationship with tobacco.
The pleural cancer or mesothelioma is mainly due to asbestos excluding tobacco is as well a significant risk factor. In addition, addition, the risk of mesothelioma increased sharply in persons professionally exposed to asbestos, the more smokers.
This cancer is rare (1000 cases diagnosed each year), but very aggressive and poor prognosis. Often confused with lung cancer, but it is a particularly timely pleura, the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the chest. Asbestos fibers and carcinogens present in tobacco smoke are moving to inflammation of the pleura and subsequently triggers scarring. Mesothelial cells eventually develop into malignant tumors.
What are the warning signs? Of breathing difficulties and chest pain primarily, but also: weight loss, fever, night sweats, cough.