An Overview On Lung Cancer

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Dec 20th, 2013
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Most of us are aware that smoking greatly increases your risk of developing serious illnesses. One of the most common diseases associated with tobacco use is lung cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke, either firsthand or secondhand, can greatly heighten your risk level. While there are a variety of treatments available, one of the most effective ways to lower your chances of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking.

Are There Different Types of Lung Cancer?

According to LungCancer.org, there are two different types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell comprises the vast majority. Squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinomas and adenocarcinoma are three different types of tumors that are associated with non-small cell lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer grows quicker and moves throughout the body faster than non-small cell lung cancer. This type is almost exclusively caused by exceptionally heavy smoking habits.

What Are Some of the Signs or Symptoms?

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of lung cancer typically do not appear in the disease’s early stages. Some of the warning signs that can point to lung cancer include the following:

  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Persistent Coughing
  • Weight Loss
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Head or Chest Pain

What Are The Treatment Options?

Depending on what stage the cancer is in, there are several different types of treatments, which can be combined. The Mayo Clinic cites the following types of treatments:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery

How Can I Reduce The Risk Of Developing This Type of Lung Disease?

To help lower your risk, it’s a good idea to give up smoking for good. This will not only decrease your chances for developing other serious, chronic diseases, but it will also benefit the people around you. Regular exercise can also help with your overall wellness.

The Connection between Smoking and Vitamin C Deficiency

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Oct 20th, 2013
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The Connection between Smoking and Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C is an important part of your daily dietary intake. Humans must obtain vitamin C from food and other sources, since the body cannot synthesize it spontaneously. While getting enough vitamin C is usually quite effortless for the average healthy person, smokers are more prone to vitamin C deficiency. Here’s a look at why this is the case.

Getting Enough Vitamin C

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, the recommended daily value for vitamin C intake is 90 mg for adult men and 75 mg (or more if pregnant or breastfeeding) for adult women. Smokers of both genders require 35 mg more vitamin C per day.

A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is called scurvy. However, the Office of Dietary Supplements states that this only develops if vitamin C intake falls below 10 mg per day for many weeks. Since citrus fruit and several types of vegetables have around 50 mg or more of vitamin C per serving, scurvy is incredibly rare in developed countries.

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An Overview About Emphysema

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Oct 8th, 2013
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Most people know that smoking can increase the chances of developing life-threatening diseases. Emphysema is one such example caused by smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, emphysema affects pulmonary function by ruining the air sacs within the lungs. This damage cannot be reversed.

What Are The Symptoms of This Disease?

According to the Ohio State University Medical Center, shortness of breath is the most common sign of emphysema. Since emphysema prevents the lung’s air sacs, or alveoli, from expanding or contracting, it is much more difficult for a person to take in oxygen. Additional symptoms can include tiredness, cardiac problems, difficulty sleeping, coughing, and depression.

Because emphysema is a chronic disease (which means that it develops overtime), many smokers can already have emphysema without having noticeable signs of the disease. If you have been a long-time tobacco user and have developed these symptoms, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor.

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Smoking and Your Teeth

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Jul 17th, 2013
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Smoking and Your Teeth

Most people know that smoking can cause serious problems to your respiratory and cardiovascular system. Heart attacks, strokes, COPD and asthma are some of the more common diseases that have all been linked to long-term tobacco use. But it’s not just your lungs and heart that suffer from the repeated use of tobacco. When it comes to your mouth and teeth, tobacco can create a lot of problems.

What Smoking Does To Your Teeth

According to WebMD, bad breath, stained teeth and white spots inside the mouth known as leukoplakia are just a few of the minor oral problems that are attributed to smoking. Any type of tobacco product can cause the teeth to decay. When the teeth are constantly exposed to tobacco, tartar can develop and eat away at the tooth’s enamel. If untreated, tooth decay can cause severe discomfort and even lead to an infection.

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All About E-Cigarettes

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Jun 22nd, 2013
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All About E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) have started to become a popular product, touted as a safe alternative to the traditional cigarette. Unlike traditional cigarettes that give off harmful second hand smoke, e-cigarettes give off a vapor that supposedly lacks the dangerous chemicals found in conventional cigarettes. The FDA has not officially reviewed these products, so it is unclear if electronic cigarettes are as safe as they claim to be.

What Is An Electronic Cigarette?

According to Medical News Today, an e-cigarette is made up of the following devices:

  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Atomizer — Used to heat liquid to create vapor.
  • Cartridge (or mouthpiece)
  • E-Liquid — Propylene glycol (a safe food additive) and flavoring, which can include nicotine.

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The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

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Jun 19th, 2013
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The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

Most people know that smoking can cause serious health problems. But some people believe that smokeless tobacco (tobacco that is chewed or sniffed) is a better alternative to smoking. It has even been said that smokeless tobacco should be used as a way to quit smoking. While this form of tobacco does not give off second hand smoke, it is still a dangerous and addictive substance that can cause serious health problems.

What Is Smokeless Tobacco?

Unlike cigarettes, smokeless tobacco is usually sucked on, chewed or sniffed. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following products are categorized as smokeless tobacco:

  • Chewing Tobacco
  • Tobacco Plugs
  • Tobacco Twists
  • Snuff
  • Snus
  • Dissolvable Tobacco

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