Did you know there are some risk factors in the diagnosis of lung cancer that come into play that are more than simply choosing to smoke cigarettes? Veterans, for example, are one subset of the population that may have had exposure to asbestos and therefore are at higher risk for developing mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Here are some lung cancer prevention tactics you can put to use
Choose the right doctor
It is essential to select a physician that knows the nature, behavior and pathology of lung cancer and mesothelioma. This specialist will create a specific prevention plan that may include exercise, dieting and other natural prevention tactics.
Commit to a healthy diet
The Mayo Clinic advises patients with lung cancer to consume a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. “Avoid taking large doses of vitamins in pill form, as they may be harmful. For instance, researchers hoping to reduce the risk of lung cancer in heavy smokers gave them beta carotene supplements. Results showed the supplements actually increased the risk of cancer in smokers.”
If you are not currently exercising, consult your physician to determine which type of moderate or vigorous movement is right for you. David Haas, Director of Awareness Programs at The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance suggests physical activity is beneficial and improves the overall health and quality of life for people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Benefits include: increased energy levels, improved appetite, improved body function, and a decrease in anxiety and depression. Yoga, swimming, weight training, and walking are a few suggested exercise options.
Monitor your respiratory health
Your physician will monitor and asses your overall and respiratory health in your treatment plan, but taking care to lower the risk of exposure to elements that will further irritate your upper respiratory system is important. Stop smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, avoid harmful carcinogens, and wear a facemask if you are concerned for the indoor air quality around you.
Try alternative medicine
Combiningcontemporary medicine with alternative medicine can contribute positively to the conventional treatment plans by aiding in the stress and anxiety management that comes with the disease. Acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, and meditative practices like yoga and tai chi are a few examples of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Beyond prevention, support is crucial in the treatment of mesothelioma and lung cancer. Veterans can find specialists all over the United States who can put together a comprehensive treatment plan for this disease. Organizations like the Veterans Benefits Network can help find treatment for Vets and refer you to an oncologist in your area.