Lung cancer is the most common cancer across the globe. This deadly disease has been claiming more lives per year than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancers altogether.
November is observed as the World Lung Cancer Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, highlighting the major risk factors and also the screening and treatment options.
Lung Cancer: The Most fatal Cancer
- Lung cancer has more than 2 million new cases each year and is responsible for 1.7 deaths in 2018.
- This cancer is the reason for 1 in 5 global deaths.
- Five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 17.7%, which is lower than many other dangerous cancers such as colon cancer ( which is 64.4%), breast cancer (which is 89.7%) and prostate cancer (which is 98.9%).
- Risk factors of Lung cancer include active or even passive exposure to tobacco smoke, diesel exhaust, asbestos, biomass fuels, radon, and air pollution.
How can air pollution affect health?
Exposure to smog can lead to several health issues such as
- Irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung damage, and many more.Also Read: Air Pollution in India: Taking your Breath Away
The smog can even have a severely bad effect on the eyes of the person. Common eye problems caused due to smog or air pollution include:
- Water in the eyes
- Burning Sensation
- Dry eyes
- Eye allergies such as eyelid swelling, discharge, blurred vision, etc.
The above-mentioned problems can be aggravated especially for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, without any prevention against the smog or the ones using screen devices like a laptop or computer for several hours each day.
How to Safeguard Yourself from Winter’s Smog and Other Activities?
Air quality in rapidly getting worse. In Delhi, the National Capital, the air quality dropped to 459, after Diwali 2019 in November, the same year, which is considered as an emergency category.
It is now the time to take urgent measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from smog. With worsening air pollution and degrading levels of air quality, you need to make efforts to stay indoors as much as possible, to avoid any contact with the smog.
Let’s be real. No one can skip work or due to pollution outside. The best way is to safeguard yourself by wearing a pollution mask that perfectly fits your face. You are most likely to experience respiratory illnesses like cough, cold and congestion and may also have trouble breathing.
Carrying out daily activities and other going out is going to be even more difficult for people suffering from asthma, bronchitis, COPD or other breathing problems.
Below are mentioned easy ways to beat the ill effects of winter’s smog:
- Wear a mask before going out. This will prevent direct contact with smog and air pollution.
- Go for carpooling options, take a bus, train, metro or other alternatives to driving your car sometimes. In this way, you can prevent more vehicular air pollution.
- Invest in some houseplants for fresh oxygen and moisture indoors. Fresh, purified air can help remove pollutants like volatile organic compounds released from carpeting or building materials. Houseplants such as Areca palm, rubber, and bamboo palm are great for this part.
- Avoid taking morning walks.
- Eat healthily. Add immune-boosting foods to your diet to protect the body against allergies and illness.
- Drink a lot of water and other healthy smoothies, fresh juices and detoxifying drinks.
- Due to worsening air quality and smog outside, the quality of the air inside your house can get poor as well. It is smart to invest in an air purifier, if you can afford, to keep the air quality good inside the house as well.
- If the sun is shining bright, take advantage of natural ventilation. Open the windows and doors for a while and let nature work. You will also feel the freshness and some warmth in the cold weather.
Consult your doctor if you face trouble breathing or have a cough or cold. People, especially the ones with low immunity levels can get sick and attract infections easily. Viral infections can be very troubling and harmful to health. A minor cough or cold can also be a symptom of other major diseases. Do not avoid the signs if your body is showing symptoms of illness.
Also Read: Foods To Eat And Avoid In Case Of Cough
5 drinks to detoxify your lungs in this High Levels of Pollution
1. Ginger honey lemon tea
2. Green tea
3. Turmeric and ginger drink
4. Masala chai
5. Licorice (mulethi) root tea
Disclaimer: This blog including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a professional medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or for more information.
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