These three diseases seem to be so similar that I was trying to sort out if one causes the other or if they are truly independent.
When considering Emphysema and Lung Cancer I found this information:
Emphysema doesn’t cause lung cancer. Emphysema is one of a group of lung diseases known as chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD) or sometimes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The main cause of emphysema is smoking but it can also develop in people with a long history of chest infections. So people who have emphysema may also have a higher than average risk of getting lung cancer because they have been smokers or have had other lung disease in the past.
Emphysema causes a lot of lung damage. The walls of some of the air sacs in the lung actually break down. It can be difficult to spot lung cancer in people with emphysema because many of the symptoms are the same. Symptoms of emphysema that also occur in lung cancer include
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
So it can be very difficult for a doctor to tell if a patient with emphysema has developed lung cancer.
This was an answer in response to a question on Cancer Research UK. Read More at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/cancer-questions/emphysema-and-lung-cancer
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