Understanding Squamous Lung Cancer
When a patient is diagnosed with squamous lung cancer, they have a form of non-small cell lung cancer affecting the squamous cells of the lung tissue lining. Squamous cell LC is also called epidermoid carcinoma as these cells are also present in the dermis of the skin. As with all lung cancers, the squamous type often develops from using or being exposed to tobacco products.
Not smoking or quitting the habit is the biggest step a person can take to preventing this disease. Even long-time smokers will benefit from stopping. The body will repair damage from tobacco smoke in the short-term and continue to repair it for years. Quitting the habit must be a permanent action. Damage from cigarette smoking begins with the first drag.
Tobacco use does not have exclusive rights to causing this disease. People exposed to cancer-causing agents like radon gas, nickel, chromium, pollution or secondhand smoke develop tumors as well. Exposure to high levels of radioactive particles in radon gas is accomplished by having the home tested. Reduce the amount of time lungs breathe in polluted air by staying indoors during smog warnings or wearing a mask over mouth and nose.
Recognize the Symptoms
Left unchecked, squamous CLC will spread throughout the lungs and cause serious health problems. If cancer is detected in its early stages it is generally easier to eliminate. When the following problems appear, visit a doctor immediately:
-Constant shortness of breath
-Painful breathing patterns with wheezing
-Bloody coughing sputum, painful coughing.
-Swelling lymph nodes, face and/or neck.
These are a small example of what to be alert for. People who have risk factors such as current or past tobacco use, exposure to asbestos or other chemicals, are advised to consult their doctor.
Squamous cell LC is a non-small cell carcinoma with four potential cures. The tumor can be surgically removed if it is detected in stage 1 or 2. Surgery is performed when individuals are relatively healthy and removing it will not present a life-threatening risk. Advanced cancer stages, particularly stage 3B and stage 4 are treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or a combination of techniques.