Is it possible for someone to die of lung cancer without knowing they had it?
Yes, absolutely. It is unfortunate, but with lung cancer symptoms being similar to everyday issues, they can often be ignored or minimized. Recently, a story out of the UK has brought this to the forefront of people’s minds. A 31-year-old non-smoker dies on his honeymoon four days after being admitted to the hospital; cause of death: lung cancer. According to the Daily Mail, “The couple thought at first that he was suffering from food poisoning, but his condition deteriorated at a rapid rate and he died just hours later on only their eighth day of marriage.”
For young people in this stage of life looking ahead to the future, they may be focused on other things and not consider that their health may be at serious risk. They may also believe that lung cancer is a disease that only affects more elderly people. This is another reason that regular check-ups and a healthy lifestyle are key.
More generally, Causenta’s care team encounters this type of fast progression without a diagnosis fairly frequently. Patients will make an appointment in advance, but the person will pass away before the appointment. Family members will remark that it was a sudden death and that the person had not been sick prior. Again, this is usually because a person did not have serious enough symptoms, or they ignored them.
Causenta’s experienced doctors see a lot of families where people are working so hard to support the family or pay for private schools, extra-curricular activities, etc. that when they have a problem, they let it go. They think what they are feeling is simply stress related or they just cannot make time to take off work to get to the doctor.
Unfortunately, lung cancer gets worse over time and the longer you wait for treatment, the harder it can be to provide effective solutions. As with many other types of cancer, early detection and treatment is paramount to surviving.
Lung cancer is a big disease and has been around for hundreds of years. It has affected a lot of people around the world and it seems that rates are increasing. Even famous people with more resources available to them than the average person fall victim to lung cancer. People like Peter Jennings, an anchor on ABC’s Nightly News passed away in 2005 from lung cancer. Walt Disney was only 65 when he lost his battle with the disease and Paul Newman was 83.
Stories like the recent tragedy of Aimee and Alan Simms [link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5930971/Newlywed-bride-left-devastated-groom-dies-lung-cancer-four-days-honeymoon.html] is another reminder that lung cancer is serious. It is important to be aware of causes and symptoms. We all need to be responsible and accountable to ourselves and our families to be alive in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about lung cancer treatment with Causenta, schedule a free 30-minute consultation. Hear more about Causenta Founder and CEO’s Dr. Tom Incledon thoughts on staying healthy by listening to his podcast on lung cancer.
About the Author
Dr. Thomas is the founder and CEO of Causenta Wellness, and the Causenta Cancer Treatment Center in Arizona. From working with NFL, MLB, MMA, World Class athletes and even the White House, his reputation of personalized medicine and cutting-edge technologies has put him on the map, caring for some of the most powerful people in the world, making him one of the most sought-after healthcare professionals of all time.