Monday, Nov 7, 2016
Every year, lung cancer claims more lives in the United States than any other form of cancer and effects as many as 220,000 people. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Harbin Clinic wants to help educate everyone about the disease.
“We want to make sure that everyone understands the risks of lung cancer and follows these practices to help prevent it,” Harbin Clinic Pulmonologist Dr. Darshak Pandya says. “By taking these precautions, you can greatly reduce the chance of developing lung cancer.”
People can take a few simple steps to help fight and prevent lung cancer.
Kick the Habit
If you smoke, you need to quit. Quitting reduces the risk of developing lung cancer, even if you’ve been a smoker for years. If you do smoke and have had problems quitting, talk to your primary care physician about quitting.
Avoid the Cloud
If you live or work with someone who smokes, encourage them to quit. Also, make sure you or your family members don’t spend lots of time around smokers. Exposure to secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous as smoking and can lead to health problems and lung cancer as well.
Check Your Cough
As many as 25 percent of lung cancer patients exhibit little or no symptoms when they are diagnosed. Most lung cancer symptoms are hard to detect or do not show up until the disease is advanced. If you notice a severe or recurring cough, chest pain during deep breaths or start coughing up blood, discuss your concerns with your primary care physician.
Break a Sweat
Studies have shown regular physical activity can help lower the risk of getting lung cancer. Exercising doesn’t mean running a marathon or living at the gym, though.
Walking, hiking or biking five days a week for just 30 minutes a day can help boost the body’s immune system. Regular exercise can also help maintain a healthy weight.
A Healthy Diet Can Help
Eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for promoting overall health. Consuming nutritious foods can help strengthen the immune system and give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay strong and pack a punch against many illnesses and diseases, including lung cancer.
Get Your Home Tested
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Make sure to have your home checked for radon, especially if you live in an area where radon is known to be a problem. Your home’s radon levels can be checked with the purchase of an inexpensive kit.
Harbin Clinic cares completely about you and your healthy lungs, to learn more about keeping your lungs healthy and how to prevent lung cancer, visit our web site at www.harbinclinic.com/pulmonary-medicine.