Comparison Of Normal Lung Versus Cancerous Smoker’s Lung

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and preventable disease in the United States. On an annual basis, smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year and almost ten percent (41,000 deaths) are attributed to secondhand smoke. The statistics revealed by the CDC showed that, in 2016, an estimated 37.8 million Americans smoked cigarettes and of that number more than 75 percent (76) were daily smokers.

Amanda Eller is a registered nurse from North Carolina who currently works at Mission Health. Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the sixth largest health system in the state. His mission is & # 39; [improve] the health and well-being of the people of Western North Carolina & # 39; Amanda recently uploaded a video that shows the difference in usefulness between a healthy lung and a cancerous lung of a daily smoker who went through a pack of cigarettes every day for twenty years.

Amanda, who uploaded the viral video to Facebook, explained the difference between a healthy and red lung from a non-smoker versus a dark lung, full of cancer and charred from a daily smoker who went through a pack of day.

Amanda is heard saying: "These lungs are lungs with COPD, cancerous lungs. The elasticity is gone, so they stretch but the recoil of them simply snaps shut because there is nothing that helps keep them open. You can see how fast they deflate.

Amanda placed a tube in the lung to demonstrate how the lungs worked. When oxygen was injected into the cancer-ridden lung, it swelled and then rapidly deflated, while with a healthy lung, the lungs were inflated and then slow to deflate. As Amanda explains, there is elasticity for a healthy lung that helps the lung stay inflated and full even when a person is not inhaling.

According to the BMJ, smoking just one cigarette a day can increase the risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent! Researchers at The BMJ say: "There is no safe level of smoking for cardiovascular disease, smokers should try to quit smoking rather than reduce it to significantly reduce the risk of these two major common disorders."

Researchers They examined 141 studies through 55 publications from the years 1946 to 2015 and found that men who reduced their smoking to only one per day still had a 48 percent greater chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who did not smoke. Women were at an even greater risk with 57%. Men were 25 percent more likely to have a stroke, while women were 31 percent more likely when they reduced to one cigarette a day. In an interview with the BBC, Professor Allan Hackshaw of the Cancer Institute at University College London and lead author of the study said: "There has been a tendency in many countries for heavy smokers to reduce, thinking that it is perfectly fine, that This is the case of things like cancer, but for these two common disorders [heart disease and stroke] that are likely to be more likely to contract than cancer, it is not the case, they should stop altogether. & # 39;

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