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Shqiponja Hoxhaj Charles Riordan English 102 April 19, 2011 Lung Caner We need to stop hurting the organ that supplies us with pure, clean air. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. ( Eldridge par. 1 ). The major cause of lung cancer is smoking; others include secondhand smoking, exposure to cancer-causing agents, and exposure to radiation, radon gas, asbestos, and air pollution. The four major treatments of lung cancer are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and photodynamic therapy. One out of four people that develop lung cancer have no prior signs. They look and feel healthy as can be. In most cases the lung cancer is accidentally found when a chest x-ray or cat scan is done. My grandmother, who passed away from lung cancer, had an okay health. She would be up on her feet almost every day, and her eating habits where good enough for her age. To us she seemed well. Little did we know that she had developed lung cancer, and little by little it was killing her. For about a year she complained about having trouble breathing. One day we took her to the doctors and found out she had lung cancer. I do not think anyone really understand what it means until you see what the cancer does to the person. I believe that it was the last stage of lung cancer because the doctors said there was nothing that could be done. After 40 days of agony she passed away. In the beginning it was not that bad, she was able to take herself to the bathroom and walk around a little. As the weeks went by she became more and more depended on others. At times she could not even turn her body around when she would be laying down. Two weeks before she passed away, my grandmother began to forget who her own
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children where. At times she did not even know where she was. If we only had known a little earlier, maybe something could have been done. “Smoking is by far the most significant cause of lung cancer, accounting for the 85 percent of all cases. Tobacco smoke contains at least fifty-five known carcinogens. Twenty of these-including benzopyrene, chromium, M-nitrosamine, cadmium, nickel, and arsenic-have been linked to lung cancer in animals or humans” (Henschke, McCarthy, and Wernick page 62). Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer. The sooner a person quits smoking, the greater the chance of not developing lung cancer. If there is a chance of cutting down the risk of lung cancer, then why not follow through with it. In the beginning quitting will be difficult, but in the end it will all be worth it. “Regardless what or how you smoke, quitting helps. The odds slowly improve with each smoke-free year” (Henschke, McCarthy, and Wernick page 63). Cutting in half the number of cigarettes smoked each day significantly reduced the risk of getting lung cancer during a 5- to 10-year period (“Prevention” par. 4) Parents should teach their children that smoking is dangerous as soon as possible. It is never too early to educate your kids that once you damage your health, you cannot go back and fix it. A person’s health cannot be fixed as easily as a broken toy.
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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