Smokers diagnosed with pneumonia exposed to greater risk of lung cancer
In an age and time when we see a plethora of diseases taking away our loved ones from us, we can only wonder if there can be any science that stops these deadly diseases to creep in. After all, research and technology is all about helping us eradicate issues that affect us negatively. However, one thing that we need to know is that science too has its time frames and limits in every era. Perhaps, what we did not know a decade back is stale news for us today while there could be a ton of other things that science will unfurl only at a time later in the future. For now, science has helped us stumble upon a shocking discovery. A latest study states that smokers who have been diagnosed with pneumonia could be exposed to a greater risk of developing lung cancer. This study has been published in the American Journal of Medicine.
1 What The Study Says About Pneumonia And Lung Cancer?
The study saw in-depth research in the field that revealed about 9 per cent of all smokers who needed admission into a hospital for being afflicted with pneumonia became victims of lung cancer within the same year. Therefore, the reports suggest such patients who smoke and have had pneumonia, need to be checked up regularly so that there can exist some screening early on.
2 The analysis of researchers
The report is a work of Dr. Daniel Shepshelovich and his team from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Rabin Medical Centre at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr.Shepshelovich opines that lung cancer is a very aggressive affliction. The chief means for recuperation lies in an early diagnosis that is tapped even before any symptom begins to appear. The main idea here is to find the tumor in advance before the cancerous cells begin to spread.
He added that earlier studies have gone on to reveal that very low-dose radiation CT-scan that are conducted once annually on smokers of heavy grade can actually be used to minimize or bring down the mortality rates resulting from lung cancer. However, this idea needs to be implemented with a large amount of resources too.
He further added that the medical world is yet to actually understand how well the idea could function in the world outside-in real. After all, clinical studies and trials also need pragmatic sanction and viability. Here’s what he says in this regard, “This requires huge resources, and we still don’t know how it will perform in real-world conditions, outside of strictly conducted clinical trials.”
3 Lung Cancer In The US
Lung cancer, often viewed as the main cause or the highest cause of deaths in USA is a disease that comes with a survival rate of half a decade and this applies to only 17 per cent cases. Dr.Shepshelovich and the team engaged in this research study are focusing on bringing out a strategy that is cost-effective yet causes possibility of lowering the mortality rates among patients exposed to a greater risk from the disease.
The team of researchers set forth on understanding all records for 381 smokers of heavy grade who were admitted to any hospital for pneumonia between 2007 and 2011. Even pneumonia acquired due to presence in the community was tracked. The rates or incidence of lung cancer were seen to be higher in those patients who were admitted with upper lobe pneumonia. The lung cancer was seen to be located around the same lobe which pneumonia affected. The same trend was seen in 76 per cent of all patients admitted.
4 Smokers Are Indeed At Risk
Shepshelovich says that all smokers who are admitted to the hospital with pneumonia should actually be considered for testing such as chest-computer tomography. He also says that his team wants to increase this number in order to reduce mortality or possibly extend lives of smokers as an early diagnosis can actually help people.