National Cancer Control Month ft. Lung Cancer

April 20, 2016

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Pay Attention To Prevention of Tobacco

April is National Cancer Control Month! The purpose of this is to help educate the public on the precautionary measures that can be taken to help reduce and prevent the prevalence of cancer. There are many lifestyle behaviors that can help reduce the risk of cancer, such as eating healthier, exercising regularly, using sun screen, undergoing recommended screenings, and quitting tobacco.

Lung cancer is the number one of cause of cancer death for both men and women. In fact, each year 221,200 people are diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 158,000 will die of the disease. The leading cause of lung cancer is tobacco use and exposure, which can be prevented. Here are three ways to prevent lung cancer:

  1. Do not smoke: Smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer. If you do not smoke, do not start.
  2. Quit smoking: If you are a current smoker, it is never too late to quit. Even if you have been smoking for years, quitting will still reduce the risk of lung cancer. Strategies for quitting include: nicotine replacement products, such as the patch, medications, and support groups. For more information and resources to help you can quit, visit Health Services.
  3. Prevent secondhand smoke: Even if you are not a smoker, inhaling secondhand smoke still puts you at risk for lung cancer. Prevent secondhand smoke by avoiding bars and restaurants where smoking is allowed, seek out smoke-free options, and ask those around you who smoke to not do so around you
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