Yesterday I received my 2nd dose of Chemo for Lung Cancer.
Originally it was diagnosed as “small cell lung cancer” after I’d had a bronchopathy biopsy.
It's a mystery that I now have Lung Cancer. I know there is a school of thought that genealogy has a part. But I suspect that it may have been caused by my car.
I had a chest X-Ray in December after I felt unwell following cycling into work on a very cold morning during which I inhaled lots of cold air into my lungs.
The letter following the X-Ray states:-
“There is opacification in the left lower zone suggesting a combination of pleural effusion and consolidation. The rest of the lungs are clear. The heart size is normal”.
In May 2017, I chose to leave my company to retire at age 58.
In late June I wanted another job so put myself forward. Their process required that my GP gives me a thorough medical examination. During the examination my GP discovered that was wheezing and had a blow of only 500. He said I should at least get 570. I was then prescribed Asthmatic inhaler (brown & blue).
A few weeks later I was having problems swallowing food. So returned to my GP.
Together with my history the GP was concerned and he put me forward for gastroscopy & bronchopathy Tests.
My lifestyle has always been fitness oriented. I’ve been swimming since I was a little boy, played football, cycled bike. And for the past 17 years in my spare time I dance Salsa and more recently dance Lindy Hop. These are smokeless environments.
So I ask myself what could give me sufficient time of enduring toxic fumes. Driving my car has the potential. It has the time in the driving seat (exposure) and oil is known to be carcinogenic.
My car has a problem with number 1 cylinder, in which oil is getting into the cylinder and I can sometimes smell the fumes.
If I was to drive for 30 minutes to my destination then the round journey would be approx. 1 hour.
An 45 minute trip would have found trip approx 90 minutes.
Does anybody else think the car could have provided an environment that could supply the conditions that could induce lung cancer.
Or is the thought too far fetched?