November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
As the deadliest cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S, lung cancer awareness is often not stressed enough. With an estimated 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer annually, lung cancer awareness and screenings are of utmost importance. Diagnostic imaging has the ability to catch this cancer early before it becomes deadly.
November is the official month of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so Carlsbad Open MRI wanted to get involved to do our part in the fight against cancer. There are multiple ways to get involved and support the cause, so here is how you can do your part.
What can you do?
Since the number one cause of lung cancer is smoking, the number one thing you can do to prevent getting lung cancer is avoid smoking. It's been reported that 80-90% of all lung cancer cases are linked to cigarette smoking, so if the number of smokers decreased, it's likely that the prevalence of lung cancer would decrease too.
Even if you aren't smoking directly, inhaling smoke from other people's cigarettes, pipes, or cigars can have just as bad of an effect on your health. Therefore, in order to avoid developing lung cancer, avoid secondhand smoke too. Try to keep your home and car smoke-free, but also avoid being in environments where there is a heavy amount of smoke as well.
Besides smoking, the CDC reports that the second most common cause of lung cancer is radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that can be found in various environments, including homes or dangerous workplace environments. Radon elements can attach to small particles like dust, which can be inhaled into the lungs. When radon breaks down, it gives off radiation and damages DNA, ultimately becoming cancerous. It is virtually undetectable, so to keep yourself from absorbing radon is to get your home tested for radon.
Simply by sharing this blog, you can help spread awareness for this deadly cancer. Whether you or someone you love is at risk for lung cancer, learning more about the benefits of lung screenings can be lifesaving. If you have more questions about lung CT scans, feel free to contact us or your doctor for advice.