Delhi Air Pollution: Is It Just Cough or A Symptom Of Lung Cancer?

Publish On: 04 Nov, 2019 11:15 AM | Updated   |   Prateek  

With the increasing pollution levels, the lung is the most affected part of the body. That is why cough is the most reported symptom by patients in a chest clinic. Delhi is facing the worst pollution this year.

According to SAFAR i.e the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting and Research the air quality of Delhi is extremely poor.


 Read more about it here: Delhi Air Pollution: You Are Already Smoking 20 Cigarettes A Day

Reasons behind cough:

There can be several reasons behind a cough like

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chest infection
  • Pneumonia.

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Symptoms of Lung Cancer:

Do you know cough can actually be the symptom of underlying Lung Cancer?

Yes, you read it right cough is the first symptom of lung cancer. There are some more symptoms like

  • A cough that is not going away
  • Short of breath
  • Noticing blood in cough
  • Heavy Weight Loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Hoarseness of Voice
  • Feeling very tired and fatigue
  • Chest and Shoulder pain.


Some say cancer is curable others say it is not. Both are almost true. Cancer is curable if it is detected in the early stages unlike the one detected in a later stage. Chemotherapy, when combined with some strong medication, can help in curing cancer it sometimes even require surgery. 

The stage of cancer can tell the patient where cancer has been spread and then the necessary steps can be taken accordingly.


Prevention from Lung Cancer:

  • Don't smoke: If you don't smoke well and good do not start smoking at all. Tobacco becomes the number one reason for cancer.
  • Stop smoking: If you do smoke kindly stop smoking from this very moment this can save your life. 
  • Avoid secondhand smoke: Do not stand with anyone while he/she smokes because passive smoking is as dangerous as active smoking.
  • Test your home for radon: Get your home checked for the radon levels because if the radon levels are high it can be a problem for you.
  • Avoid carcinogens at work: Protect yourself from chemicals that can be toxic at work.
  • Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables: Eat a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals.
  • Exercise most days of the week: Start working out at least 2-3 times a week it is definitely going to help you in the long run.

If you live in Delhi NCR then you need to take extra care as the pollution levels are much higher as compared to other areas.

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