The Connection between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution

When you think of risk factors for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., what comes to mind?  Most of us think about the risk associated with smoking cigarettes, but a recent article from the American Lung Association, a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research, addressed the fact that air pollution can also cause lung cancer. 

The article states that overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution in the outdoor air we breathe, like that coming from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, can cause lung cancer.  Particle pollution increases the risk of dying early, heart disease and asthma attacks, and it can also interfere with the growth and function of the lungs. 

If you think you, or a loved one, are at risk for lung cancer, please contact The Lung Center at Hillcrest to be screened today.  If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, contact Oklahoma CyberKnife to explore your lung cancer treatment options. 

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, lung cancer patients are treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System.  CyberKnife is a painless, nonsurgical outpatient cancer treatment with minimal to no side effects.  During the CyberKnife treatment, hundreds of highly concentrated and incredibly precise beams of radiation are targeted directly to tumors and lesions in the lung.  As the patient breathes during the CyberKnife treatment, the CyberKnife robotic arm moves with the rise and fall of his/her body – meaning that healthy tissue is protected from radiation and only the tumor is treated. 

To read the American Lung Association’s article in its entirety and learn what particle pollution is, how it harms your lungs, and how you can protect yourself from it, please click here