Millions of people are living with undiagnosed lung cancer and heart disease and they don’t even know it
Surprising as it may seem, millions of people worldwide who may think themselves to be healthy, could instead be living with heart disease or lung cancer, without them even knowing it. Lifestyle and pollution are slowly taking their toll where the cases of undiagnosed lung cancer in the UK alone could stand at a near 80,000.
Close to a million people could be suffering from undiagnosed lung cancer and heart disease with cases of COPD or chronic unconstructive pulmonary disease. The range of COPD also includes conditions of bronchitis, emphysema, and also heart disease. Why and how is this happening? Take for example, lung cancer-almost 28.400 people die from the dreaded disease alone every year and all because half the number of people never even knew, they had it.
1 Undiagnosed Chronic Diseases, Affect 1.7million People, Annually
The problem lies in the common perception that everyday diseases are just what they seem. A cough remains a cough and a cold remains as such. Millions of people are ignorant of the fact that a cough for more than 10 days may signal an even more serious underlying cause. According to the Public Health Department, those with chronic colds and coughs should seek immediate medical intervention. Undiagnosed chronic diseases affect almost 1.7 million people every year.
2 Ensure Regular Checkups If You Have Chronic Coughs or Colds
Public Health England has gone the extra mile to launch a Be Clear on Cancer Campaign,which creates awareness and suggests that people with even remote signs of lung problems should get themselves checked. What you don’t know is that a persistent cough may not always be an allergy; it could be a sign of something else. If you have a persistent cough or experience breathlessness even when doing household tasks, you should immediately see a doctor. The elderly and those over 50 should be going for regular checkups, as they are at a greater risk of developing such conditions.
3 Be Aware Of the Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer and Heart Disease
According to Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of National Health of the PHE felt that it was a matter of grave concern that such a huge number of cases related to undiagnosed lung cancer and heart disease crop up yearly. Early diagnosis of such conditions can mean that the person can be treated and cured with a high rate of success. Unfortunately, diagnosis is always done late, resulting in subsequent death.
The early warning signs of bronchial disease and lung cancer are always a persistent and irritating dry cough, breathlessness, weight loss, fatigue, hoarseness and chest pain. Breathlessness, nausea, indigestion, weight gain, heart palpitations are all signs of heart disease. If you feel any of these symptoms, a thorough medical checkup is advised immediately.