Friday, February 3, 2012

Lung Cancer and Drug Abuse by Charlene J Nuble

Lung cancer and drug abuse has something in common – smoking. The fact is, a lot of people are dying because of just one stick of cigarette fired up on a lazy afternoon or after having a sumptuous meal.

Smoking has been a bad habit evident in both men and women. The nicotine taken from a cigar is reason enough to gradually tear a person’s respiratory center apart. Aside from smoking, there are other reasons for getting lung cancer which is: being exposed to certain chemicals and being an alcoholic. Heredity can also be factor but that wouldn’t be out of drug abuse but within the genes.

Smoking – a silent killer

There are lots of claims from medical experts including doctors that says smoking is one of the main reasons why there is lung cancer on the first place. Through smoking, normal lung cells are damaged because of the chemical or drug induced in the pack. Once a person inhales smoke from a cigarette, it releases carcinogens which are considered as the main contributory factor for the production of immature lung cancer cells. Once inside the lungs, these carcinogens change the composition of lung tissues into abnormal ones.

On the first stages your body can still have the capability to repair the slightly damaged tissues but when there is already an occurrence of repeated exposure to the drug or chemical, the normal cells will be damaged in increasing number. There will come a time when the damage made to the tissues and the organ itself can turn out confused and may eventually develop cancer.

Since lungs are made up of blood vessels and are surrounded by lymph nodes, cancer cells tend to easily metastasize to different parts of your body like the heart, adjacent lung, and so on. Because of this, aside from manifesting respiratory symptoms, one can also express signs made by other parts of the body.

Lung cancer is seldom diagnosed during its early stages therefore it is sometimes too late to reverse the damage made by the disease and appropriate measures should be made in order to lengthen the life of the person or otherwise eliminate the growth of the cells.

Drug abuse leading to cancer

There are a lot of reasons why people tend to abuse the use of drugs. First, because of familial tendency, a person may have more chances of acquiring the disease rather than preventing it. Being addicted to drugs can come from their own family members. There are claims that show that genes of addicted persons may carry drug addicted factors resulting to substance abuse and dependence.

Peer pressure may also be one of the main reasons why people abuse the use of drugs. When you have chosen a bunch of friends who are always living the life of a celebrity – drinking, smoking, and wasting money, you have a 90 percent chance of getting into their lifestyle.

Personality determines the options that you have to choose. When you are in an environment that contributes more negative energy than a positive one, then you are bound to put it all on the misuse of drugs just to drive you away from the depression of the world.

The moment one gives into drug abuse, there are bigger chances of having the disease. Therefore, lung cancer and drug abuse are interrelated.