Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
Are e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes? – Don’t be fooled. E-cigarettes are addictive and contain cancer-causing chemicals.
The unknown health risks of air pollution – Air pollution is a hot topic in the media. Here is what you need to know about the causes of air pollution and how it can increase the risk of cancer and other serious diseases in adults and children.
Lung cancer: who is at risk and can they be screened? – The most common causes of lung cancer are well known, and changes in behavior can reduce the risk, but many men and women without risk factors are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Read more about the latest research on lung cancer screening.
Screening for lung cancer: do risks outweigh benefits? – Medicare and U.S. insurance companies will pay for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans (LDCT) for former heavy smokers. However, a careful review of the research indicates that this screening is unlikely to save the lives of Medicare patients. It may help save the lives of some patients ages 55-65, but may also harm some.
Third-hand smoke – Third-hand smoke is the residue from cigarette smoke that stays on just about every surface exposed to that smoke. The smoke residue clings to hair and fabrics, including clothing, carpets, drapes, and furniture upholstery. Third hand smoke can cause serious health problems.
Lung cancer is a women’s health issue – Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Learn more about how to prevent, detect, and treat lung cancer.
Smoking cessation products – FDA information on products that can help you quit smoking.
Quitting smoking: women and men may do it differently – Quitting smoking is hard to do, and new studies suggest that what works for men may not always work for women, and vice versa. Scientists believe that nicotine is more important for men, while other aspects of smoking seem to be more important for women. If you are trying to quit, there’s new research that may help you choose the strategy that is most likely to work for you.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer – More than half of all people with lung cancer have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Could testing for COPD be a way of catching lung cancer earlier?
Having trouble sleeping? Pills are not a safe solution – Findings from a 2012 study suggest that people who take hypnotic sleep medications are more likely to get cancer or die than people who do not take these medications.
Lung cancer and African Americans – For years, doctors and medical researchers have been puzzled by the fact that African-Americans are more likely to die from lung cancer than people of any other race or ethnicity, although they are not more likely to smoke. How could this be?
Lung cancer and hormone therapy: bad news for former and current smokers – Hormone therapy is frequently taken by women suffering from symptoms of menopause, but new research shows that hormone therapy can increase a woman’s chance of dying from lung cancer, especially if she is a current or former smoker.