Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
Harbin Clinic cares completely for your lungs and wants to remind patients November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Now is the perfect time to evaluate lung health.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in America and currently affects more than 220,000 people in the United States. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.
A simple lifestyle change and a low-cost radon testing kit are key weapons people can use in the fight against lung cancer.
Stomp out Smoking
Smoking tobacco remains the leading cause of lung cancer, as the activity is responsible for more than 80 percent of lung cancer casualties. Non-smokers are also threatened when they inhale secondhand smoke, which increases the risk of developing lung cancer by 30 percent.
Check Your Cough
As many as 25 percent of lung cancer patients have no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. 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 provider.
Rage Against Radon
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas made from the decomposition of uranium in soil and rocks. You can check for radon in your home by buying an inexpensive home detection test available online or at your local home improvement stores.
Look After Your Lungs
If you’re a smoker, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking before a diagnosis is made. Ending tobacco use not only protects your lungs but also those of the people around you. And if you’re not a smoker, make sure you limit your exposure to secondhand smoke.
Harbin Clinic cares completely about helping you breathe easier. For more information on keeping your lungs healthy, contact Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine at 762-235-2150.