Lung Health

Five Tips for COPD Patients

Submitted by Pam Lowe, Beebe Pulmonary Rehabilitation

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of phlegm, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Cigarette...
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Lung Cancer: A Patient’s Journey

Submitted by Mudiwa Munyikwa, MD FACS; Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery and Beebe General Surgery-Cape

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. It is estimated there are 10 million individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer in the United States. Beebe Healthcare has been partnering with the state of Delaware for several years in an effort to increase lung...
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Smoking & Your Lungs

How Smoking Puts Your Lungs on an ‘Invisible Cliff’ If you smoke and can breathe without trouble, it’s easy to assume your lungs are as healthy as they ever were. But, all too often, that’s an illusion. Nature blesses most of us with a pair of lungs more robust than we really need for everyday life...
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It’s Time to Quit Smoking. We Can Help.

Submitted by Kelly Thompson, Respiratory Therapist

Each year about 1.3 million smokers quit. Are you ready? According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths per year which turns out to be 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking is the cause of...
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Finding Lung Cancer Early Saves Lives

Submitted by Victor Banzon, MD

Evidence-based screening can find cancer before it spreads Doctors who treat lung cancer want to catch the disease in its earliest stages, before patients even start showing symptoms. That’s because symptoms — such as a cough that does not go away, weight loss, or chest pain that is worse with deep...
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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Submitted by Dr. Owen Thomas

More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. If you are at risk for lung cancer, it is important to talk to your doctor about having a lung cancer screening. Historically, lung cancer was rarely found in early stages, but the use of a relatively new Low Dose...
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