Lung cancer is one of the top killers in the world today. It has been found to be most prevalent among smokers and those who are exposed to fumes and carbon monoxide. However, recent studies have shown that the main cause of this killer disease could be something else. It must however be noted that cigarette smoking and inhaling of chemical fumes are still extremely dangerous to health leading to lung cancer.
Believe it or not, besides the usual suspects like cigarette smokes and other chemical fumes, altitude is now a direct link to causing this terminal illness. It might be unusual but read on to find out more.
Recent studies shown that the location above sea level you are in plays a crucial role in causing lung cancer. Those who live in the lowlands are found to be at higher risk of contracting this disease while those who live in the mountains are less prone to lung cancer. The air that you breathe in the lowlands are thicker and richer with oxygen which can be quite harmful. This effectively causes a change in your metabolic process known as oxidation. This process will see a release of free radicals which are directly linked to cancer.
Besides that, it can cause severe damage to DNA and result in cell mutation. The fact that your lungs are the first and most direct organs linked to oxygen, cancer cells can develop there.
As such, it is strongly encouraged that you consider moving to higher altitude locations where the air is thinner with oxygen to reduce your risk of this disease. Furthermore, the air is less polluted and cleaner which is very good for health generally. In fact, it can reduce your risk of lung cancer several times for every 100 meters higher you are.