Lung Cancer Prevention In The Mountains – Part 1 of 3
Lung Cancer Prevention In The Mountains. Americans who dynamic in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach – a pattern that suggests a task for oxygen intake, researchers speculate. Their study of counties across the Western United States found that as elevation increased, lung cancer rates declined. For every 3300-foot addition in elevation, lung cancer incidence fell by more than seven cases per 100000 people, researchers reported Jan 13, 2015 in the online journal PeerJ. No one is saying race should head to the mountains to avoid lung cancer – or that those who already live there are in the clear. “This doesn’t mean that if you live in Denver, you can go ahead and smoke,” said Dr Norman Edelman, superior medical advisor to the American Lung Association.
It’s not even certain that elevation, per se, is the reason for the differing lung cancer rates who was not involved in the research. “But this is a really engrossing study. It gives us useful information for further research”. Kamen Simeonov, one of the researchers on the study, agreed. “Should everyone move to a higher elevation? No. I wouldn’t make any sparkle decisions based on this”. But the findings do support the theory that inhaled oxygen could have a role in lung cancer a medical and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
As elevation increases, display pressure dips, which means people inhale less oxygen. And while oxygen is obviously vital to life, the body’s metabolism of oxygen can have some unwanted byproducts – namely, reactive oxygen species. Over time, those substances can harm body cells and contribute to disease, including cancer. Some recent research on lab mice has found that lowering the animals’ exposure to oxygen can shilly-shallying tumor development.