November 12: Lung Cancer Awareness/Smoking Cessation with Rose Melendez
Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer among both men and women. It claims more lives than colon, prostate, lymph, and breast cancer combined. Smoking accounts for nearly 90 percent of lung cancer cases. Lung cancer can take years to develop and it doesn’t cause signs or symptoms in its earliest stages. The average age of a person diagnosed with lung cancer is 69.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- A new cough that doesn’t go away
- Coughing up blood
- Swelling of the neck/face
- Loss of appetite
- Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis
- Weight loss
Smoking remains the greatest risk factor for lung cancer. Quitting at any age can significantly lower the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke, radon gas, asbestos, industrial substances (arsenic, chromium, nickel, tar soot) radiation, and air pollution increases risk. Test your home for radon.
- People with a parent, sibling, or other first-degree relative with lung cancer have an increased risk.
- Excessive alcohol consumption may increase risk.
Do you or a loved one need support to quit smoking? Adventist HealthCare’s Tobacco Cessation Program provides one-on-one counseling over the phone with a certified tobacco cessation counselor, FREE nicotine replacement therapy, follow-up support and more! Request a FREE consultation by visiting www.AdventistHealthCare.com/QuitSmoking