A study recent done by researchers has concluded that chronicle pulmonary diseases may increase the risk of lung cancer. However the researchers did not revealed the diseases which may cause lead to tumor.
The study was done by researchers in Lyon, France, working with International Agency for Research on Cancer. They have studied the data from seven similar studies on patients in Europe and Canada.
The researchers have studied more than 25000 people. It has been found that patients suffering from chronic bronchial ailments (chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema) are at higher risk of suffering from lung cancer. The researchers have also revealed that if a patient suffers from all the three mentioned diseases, instead of one, they are at three-fold more risk of developing cancer.
It has to be noted that the study didn’t associated the world’s second most life claiming disease, the tuberculosis with pulmonary cancer. Even the most common bronchial disease Asthma was also associated.
Ann Olsson, the scientist associated with this study has mentioned that the associated diseases, the bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema seem to have similar physiological origination and this could be the reason for the cause of pulmonary tumors. She also said that knowing the risk factors will help the Doctor’s to diagnose their patients better.
It can be understood that if the risk factors of pulmonary diseases like Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Emphysema can be avoided, then lung cancer can also be avoided. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause for bronchitis and if avoided, the risk of developing lung cancer can be reduced to huge extent.
The research and its findings were published in the journal American Respiratory and Critical care Medicine.