A recent statistic from the Ministry of Health showed that lung cancer is the number one cause of death among types of cancer in men and women, accounting for 25% of all deaths, and that 1.76 million deaths occur in the world due to lung cancer, and that it is the most prevalent by 11.6% than other types of cancer, and the first cause death by 18.4% of all deaths.
Specialists stressed to “Al-Youm” in the issue of the week the importance of the psychological aspect, with full focus on the treatment plan for physical illness.
11 substances that are directly carcinogenic to humans
The Director of the Anti-Smoking Program in the Eastern Province, Dr. Amin Al-Gharib, that smoking contains 4800 substances, 41 of which are carcinogenic to living organisms in general, and 11 of the 41 substances are directly carcinogenic to humans, pointing out that the most common cause of lung cancer is smoking.
And he explained during a lecture entitled “The Causes of Lung Cancer,” that smoking is divided into two parts: the first includes the smoker: anything that burns from tobacco and shows us the image of smoking in it, such as “smoke, molasses, and madwakh.” Al-Suwaika.
He stated that there are 3 types of smokers, the first, direct smokers, who smokes tobacco, and the second, those who sit with smokers and inhale fuels or tobacco components, and 90% of the damages reach them, and the third is cumulative smoking caused by 4800 substances related to clothing or furniture. Or in fabrics and affect children under 12 years of age, causing diseases such as asthma or permanent sore throat. He pointed out that some use nicotine to quit smoking, but that substance causes addiction. He pointed out that e-cigarette treatment is a wrong trend, because it has not been scientifically proven, but rather it has been proven to be more harmful.
And he indicated that the treatment depends on the conditions, health and lifestyle of the smoker himself or the one who wants to quit smoking, and that quitting is not only with medication.
An effective role for the positive psychological aspect in treatment
Confirmed psychological counselor and clinical supervisor d. Abeer bint Ali Muhammad Rashid that lung cancer is one of the life-threatening cancerous diseases, which have a negative impact on the body, but affect the psychological aspect of the injured in a clear and tangible way, and we may not exaggerate that its psychological impact may exceed the organic pain resulting from it, as studies indicate That a third of people who have been infected with cancerous diseases in general suffer from severe psychological crises such as depression, anxiety, fear of illness and death, and others, and these studies also that the positive psychological aspect has an important and effective role in treatment, and the opposite is also true in that the negative psychological aspect may be The reason for the deterioration of the patient’s health condition and the delay and possibly failure of treatment.
She said: Many participants in the treatment process for life-threatening diseases such as cancers and others, whether the medical staff or patients and their families, neglect the importance of the psychological aspect, with full focus on the treatment plan for physical illness, due to several reasons, most notably, that cancerous diseases, depression and anxiety share some symptoms Such as fatigue, lack of sleep and decreased appetite, which makes it difficult to identify mental health conditions for non-specialists.
On the other hand, the lack of awareness of the importance of the psychological aspect and its effective role in the success of the treatment process by patients or the surrounding community makes them neglect the care and activation of it. Also, in cases of diseases that are considered life-threatening, some believe that effective treatment outcomes lie in choosing the specialized medical team and distinguished health centers, and they make attention to the psychological aspect secondary or a kind of luxury, which, if available, will benefit, and if absent, it will not harm, as it is believed. Others say that psychological intervention should be in the post-physical treatment phase, in the event that psychological symptoms appear that require this type of intervention.