Lung Cancer Awareness: Some Tips on Prevention, Awareness, and How to Help Others
While November is mostly known for Thanksgiving and a slew of other commercial holidays like Black Friday, about 228,190 people will become acquainted with an unwanted friend yearly in the United States: lung cancer. Most people think lung cancer just affects smokers. But the reality is while most cases involve smokers, there are cases of people who get lung cancer who do not smoke. In this article, we plan on releasing some ideas and tips about lung cancer awareness, lung cancer prevention, and what lung cancer treatment is available.
Lung Cancer Awareness
Being aware that lung cancer is an invisible attacker is key to being safe. Even people who have never smoked (which is the biggest cause of lung cancer) are susceptible to lung cancer. The leading causes of lung cancer (other than smoking) include radon gas exposure, asbestos exposure, heredity, and air pollution according to the National Institute of Health. Some signs and symptoms of lung cancer can be the following:
- A cough that doesn't go away
- Coughing up blood
- Bone pain
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Many of these symptoms can be signs of other issues, so as always, the best advice is to speak with your doctor about any symptoms or medical issues you may have.
Lung Cancer Prevention
Lung cancer is not something that is preventable. Unfortunately, some of us are predestined to get this horrible disease. But, there are many things we can do to help prevent lung cancer. The biggest cause of lung cancer is due to smoking. Obviously, the easiest thing to do is never start smoking or to stop smoking! Smoking induced lung cancer is the killer in 9 out of 10 lung cancer cases. If you need help to stop smoking, there are several programs available at the local and national level to help you stop smoking. Some of those are listed here:
- SmokeFree.gov- The national website on smoking cessation
- Quitnet- A directory of local programs and support groups to help you quit smoking
Lung Cancer Treatment
While hearing the news that you or a loved one has lung cancer,there are many ways to get lung cancer treatment, depending on when you are diagnosed. Most ways people deal with lung cancer is by having surgery to remove the cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. The most positive thing you need to remember is that our healthcare industry is continuously pushing the envelope everyday in creating new technology to find and cure cancer.
To help your lung cancer treatment, we recommend a few tips to help you stay focused and positive in dealing with lung cancer. First, keep those around you informed of your status. Staying positive and motivated will be needed on your long journey in beating cancer. And second, to help keep you focused and organized, we recommend you looking at CareSync.CareSync allows you to stay focused on getting healthy while keeping all of your now important health records in the palm of your hands. For more information, check out CareSync today.
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