Lung cancer stands as the top cause of cancer deaths for both men and women, WebMD notes — and odds are good that you know someone who’s been diagnosed. The disease starts in the lungs, but it can then spread to other parts of the body if it goes untreated. And it becomes particularly deadly once it spreads.
It’s a scary disease, that’s for sure — but your best protection is having the right knowledge on who’s likely to get it and if you need to be concerned. Here are the most common myths you need to stop believing immediately.
If you already have lung cancer, you might as well continue to smoke
Perhaps after years of smoking, you’ve developed lung cancer. You may think there’s no sense in quitting since you’ve already developed the disease, but you shouldn’t think about it this way. In fact, Verywell notes there are plenty of reasons as to why you need to quit smoking if you’ve been newly diagnosed, as it can greatly increase the likelihood of a good outcome lower the odds of reoccurrence later on.
Not only that, but you’re less likely to have surgical complications if you’ve quit. It can also make radiation therapy work more effectively.
All fresh produce lowers your odds of developing cancer equally
You know getting your fruits and veggies in your diet is important, but there are specific ones you should hone in on. WebMD explains cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower are particularly beneficial since they contain phytochemicals that can protect cells. Additionally, strawberries and raspberries have plenty of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can help lower your risk of lung cancer. And spinach contains carotenoids that may help remove free radicals that can harm the lungs.
Switching to e-cigarettes after you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer is fine
Electronic cigarettes are all the rage, so it makes sense for smokers to make the switch if they’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer. While e-cigarettes may not be nearly as harmful as smoking tobacco, you should still aim to quit the habit altogether. Everyday Health explains you could still be inhaling carcinogens that can hurt your lungs. Not only that, but many e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is addictive.