What Kind Of Cancer Did Paul Newman Have
Movie star and a good man Paul Newman died today of cancer at age 83. Many people and funs have been asking what kind of cancer did Paul Newman have. It was lung cancer.
Paul Newman had been battling lung cancer since June 2008. He pulled out of directing a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in Connecticut because of unspecified health problems. His lung cancer put the disease in spotlight.
Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. These abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue. Researchers have found that it takes a series of genetic changes to create a lung cancer cell. Before becoming fully cancerous, cells can be precancerous, which means they have some irregularities (mutations) but still function as lung cells.
Lung Cancer Society reports that the signs and symptoms of lung cancer can take years to develop and they may not appear until the disease is advanced. Some symptoms of lung cancer that are in the chest can be coughing, especially if it persists or becomes intense, pain in the chest, shoulder, or back unrelated to pain from coughing. Other signs of lung cancer include a change in color or volume of sputum, shortness of breath and changes in the voice or being hoarse.
Harsh sounds with each breath (stridor), recurrent lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and coughing up blood are other known symptoms of lung cancer.
"People respond in different ways when they learn they have been diagnosed with cancer. Some people want to learn all they can about their disease, while others try not to think too much about it. Most health care professionals want you to be an active partner with them in making decisions. They know that you will better be able to cope with the challenges of treatment if you have a sense of control over the process," writes Lung Cancer Society.
Because environmental factors other than smoking can increase your risk of lung cancer, it is important to reduce or eliminate those factors. Examples of environmental factors include asbestos, radon, and secondhand smoke. If you have been exposed to asbestos or radon, you can take steps to decrease or eliminate those exposures.