5. You have total control over whether or not you develop lung cancer
You eat healthily, have never smoked a cigarette in your life, and exercise every day — so there’s clearly no point in worrying about your lungs, right? Unfortunately, cancer is never that simple. And while certain habits can monumentally increase your risk over time, you should still be aware that genetics are a factor in whether you develop any type of cancer.
If you know lung cancer runs in your family, make sure to know any symptoms you should be looking for as you age.
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6. It’s not worth treating lung cancer if you’re beyond a certain age
Many people who develop lung cancer are over the age of 60. But if you’re diagnosed in your later years, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Verywell explains there are plenty of options for treatment in older adults, and various factors aside from your age can determine how well you might tolerate certain medications.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay active and eat nutritious foods no matter what your age is. If you do develop lung cancer over time, you’ll likely have a much better prognosis if your lifestyle is on point.
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7. You don’t have to worry about cancer until you’re over 50
It’s true that you’re much more likely to develop cancer as you age. Verywell explains 40% of those diagnosed with cancer are over the age of 70, after all. But you should keep in mind that there are plenty of folks under 50 — some who are children — who have also developed the disease. The publication notes rates of lung cancer seem to be on the rise in the younger crowd, too, so beware.
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8. If you already have lung cancer, you might as well continue to smoke
Perhaps after years of smoking, you’ve developed lung cancer. You may think there’s no sense in quitting since you’ve already developed the disease, but you shouldn’t think about it this way. In fact, Verywell notes there are plenty of reasons as to why you need to quit smoking if you’ve been newly diagnosed, as it can greatly increase the likelihood of a good outcome lower the odds of reoccurrence later on.
Not only that, but you’re less likely to have surgical complications if you’ve quit. It can also make radiation therapy work more effectively.
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9. All fresh produce lowers your odds of developing cancer equally
You know getting your fruits and veggies in your diet is important, but there are specific ones you should hone in on. WebMD explains cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower are particularly beneficial since they contain phytochemicals that can protect cells. Additionally, strawberries and raspberries have plenty of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can help lower your risk of lung cancer. And spinach contains carotenoids that may help remove free radicals that can harm the lungs.
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