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Put Down The Cigarette To Save Your Life

Posted on: July 2, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

According to the American Cancer Society, over 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. Lung cancer is the most lethal form of cancer nationally and globally projecting over 150,000 lung-cancer related deaths in the United States alone.

 

Unfortunately, statistics are not favorable for lung cancer as 1 in 14 men and 1 in 17 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer at some point in their lifetime. Regardless of the stage lung cancer is discovered, the 5-year survival rate is below 50% across all forms and diagnoses.

 

For the month of November, Primary Health Solutions is advocating for Lung Cancer Awareness Month following the initiatives set forth by the CDC, American Cancer Society, and International Association For the Study of Lung Cancer.

 

One of the best ways to remain healthy and cancer free is through prevention. The CDC promotes the following four tips to prevent lung cancer:

 

  1. Don’t smoke or quit! Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer being related in 90% of circumstances. Cigarettes contain harmful toxins and chemicals that make perfect conditions for lung cancer to form.
  2. Avoid secondhand smoke. Just because you may not smoke doesn’t mean those around you don’t either. Secondhand smoke can be just as deadly as you inhale harmful fumes creating problems for yourself included.
  3. Get your home tested for radon. The EPA recommends all homes in the U.S. to be tested as radon can have a negative impact on your health.
  4. Health comes before work. Be aware of taking proper safety and health measures in your workplace to avoid carcinogens, substances capable of causing cancer in living tissue.

 

Other ways to prevent lung cancer is through healthy diet and exercise, which are beneficial to your lungs as well as your entire body. At Primary Health Solutions, we promote healthy lifestyles that are void of cigarettes and tobacco products as they can negatively impact your health across all of our services: dental, vision, primary care, behavioral, and women’s health/OB-GYN.

 

 

For more information on lung cancer information and prevention:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/what-is-lung-cancer.htm

 

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection.html

 

https://www.cancer.gov/types/lung