November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the United States? According to the CDC “Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease. Deaths from lung cancer represent about one out of every six deaths from cancer in the U.S.”

 

Some of the risk factors

  • Smoking.
  • Secondhand smoke from other people’s cigarettes.
  • Radon gas in the home.
  • Things around home or work, including asbestos, ionizing radiation, and other cancer-causing substances.
  • Medical exposure to radiation to the chest.
  • Chronic lung disease such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
  • Increased age.

Smoking is responsible for 80 to 90 percent of cases of lung cancer.  It always amazes me that with all that we know about the correlation between smoking and lung cancer people still begin smoking.  For those of us that have watched a loved one die from lung cancer, or struggle to breathe because of emphysema it’s frustrating to see anyone puffing away. 

To find out more information about lung cancer visit –

MedlinePlus is always a great place to start any health related search.  You will find lung cancer information regarding diagnosis, treatment, prevention, statistics and more.

Lung Cancer Awareness from the CDC for information on risk factors, prevention, symptoms, treatment and links to other sites.

The National Cancer Institute has produced a pamphlet ” What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer.”

Second hand smoke can be deadly to children.  Visit the US EPA for information on the health effects of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Want to stop smoking?

To encourage New Yorker’s to quit New York State has created nysmokeFree.com.  You will find online and telephone support from “quit coaches” and other smokers also trying to quit, information about nicotine patches, tests for early diagnosis of lung cancer and more.

Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute Smokefree.gov allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs. You can get immediate assistance in the form of:

  • A step-by-step quit smoking guide
  • Information about a wide range of topics related to smoking and quitting
  • An interactive U.S. map highlighting smoking information in your state
  • LiveHelp, National Cancer Institute’s instant messaging service
  • National Cancer Institute’s telephone quitline, 1-877-44U-QUIT
  • Local and state telephone quitlines, 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  • Publications to download, print, or order

The American Cancer Society has information and resources available.  You will also find information regarding support groups and a guide to quitting smoking.

Teens and Smoking

Nemours has information to help teens quit “How Can I Quit Smoking?”

For advice on keeping teens away from smoking visit the Mayo Clinic for “Teen Smoking: 10 ways to help teens stay smoke-free.”

If you don’t smoke – don’t start.

If you smoke –  quit.

Let me speak for those who love you – “We love you and want you to be around for a long time, please quit.”

posted by, Susan, Health Reference Services

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