How do lungs of a smoker look like?
How do lungs of a smoker look like?

Your lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, and asthma are just a few of the effects. Smoking can cause life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking causes about 85% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

X ray image showing lung cancer in a patient
X ray image showing lung cancer in a patient

X-rays of your chest can be done at imaging centers, hospitals, and even in some doctors' clinics. If the x-ray result is normal, you probably may not have lung cancer but some lung cancers may not show up on an x-ray. If something suspected is seen in the X ray, your doctor may order more tests for confirming the prelim diagnosis.

Lung cancer and bronchitis, pneumonia
Lung cancer and bronchitis, pneumonia

Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia that doesn't go away after treatment or that keeps coming back may be a sign of lung cancer. If you have symptoms of bronchitis or pneumonia, such as a cough, shortness of breath, mild fever and chills and discomfort in chest, you should contact your doctor as early as possible.

Health effects of tobacco
Health effects of tobacco

Smoking causing many lung diseases. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. Tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse in a person with asthma. Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.

An illustration of a healthy lung vs a lung with cancer
An illustration of a healthy lung vs a lung with cancer

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, according to American Cancer Society.

A healthy lung vs a lung with cancer
A healthy lung vs a lung with cancer

Most of the lung tumors are malignant that is cancerous. They can invade and destroy the healthy tissues around them and can spread throughout the body. The lung is a bad place for a cancer to begin because it contains a rich network of both blood vessels and lymphatic channels through which cancer cells can grow.

Lung cancer diagram
Lung cancer diagram

Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant tumor of the lung in which there is an uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth can spread beyond the lung by the process called metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

Lung cancer risk factors and symptoms
Lung cancer risk factors and symptoms

Chest pain is the most commonly observed sign of lung cancer, but there are plenty of other signs you should know about even if you've never smoked. Whether you smoke regularly or have never smoked in your life, you should carefully look for these symptoms of lung cancer.