Anyone can get Lung Cancer: Reduce your risks
(January 12, 2018) - Alaska | Idaho | Montana | Wyoming
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American Lung Association offers new resources
If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. The American Lung Association is working to bring resources to our communities and provide education on lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer worldwide. In fact, lung cancer will claim more lives than the next three leading cancer killers—breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers—combined. In the United States, 222,500 new cases of lung cancer are reported each year. We begin a new year with renewed energy and commitment to reducing lung cancer risk by providing several new resources.
If you smoke, make 2018 your year to quit
We know quitting is hard – tobacco use is a serious addiction. As most people know, smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer and women are 13 times more likely, compared to never smokers.
The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program has proven effective in helping a million people quit or reduce tobacco use. Freedom From Smoking® is available in different formats to best support your quit journey: in-person clinics, a self-help workbook, or a newly updated interactive, online platform, Freedom From Smoking® Plus. Participants can receive a Certificate of Completion that may help lower their health insurance costs. More information is available at freedomfromsmoking.org.
In addition, one-on-one phone support from certified cessation specialists is available for free through the Lung HelpLine and Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
Get screened for lung cancer
If lung cancer is detected early, survival rates increase between 11 and 55 percent. An estimated 9 million Americans are considered high-risk for lung cancer. Annual lung cancer screening by a new low-dose CT scan is recommend for this group and is often available at no cost to the individual. High-risk individuals include anyone age 55 to 80 who currently smoke or who quit smoking in the last 15 years and smoked the equivalent of 30 “pack years” (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs for 15 years, or any combination of years and packs that equals 30).
To raise awareness about the new availability of this lifesaving lung cancer screening, the American Lung Association has partnered with the Ad Council to launch the “Saved By The Scan” campaign. Visit savedbythescan.org to learn more and take the quiz to see if you are in the high-risk group.
Test for radon in your home
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, tasteless and colorless radioactive gas that can amount to dangerous levels of exposure in homes and buildings.
Radon levels can largely vary from house to house, even in the same neighborhood. The only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels is to test, which is inexpensive, quick, and easy. If detected, radon levels can be lowered, often by making low-cost repairs to the home such as sealing cracks in floors or windows.
The best time to test for radon is in the winter months, and Radon Test Kits can now be purchased from your local American Lung Association office for just $15, including shipping and lab analysis. Order a kit at radonkit.org and learn more about radon at lung.org/radon or by calling 1-800-LUNGUSA.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.