It’s national “Kick Butts” Day! Did you know that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women, claiming more than 160,000 lives each year? That’s more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
Smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, though up to 20 percent of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked. Here are some other lung cancer facts:
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. This odorless gas is found everywhere, but it’s especially harmful at high levels in homes and buildings. Get a radon test kit to check your home’s levels.
- Think lung cancer is a man’s disease? Women now make up nearly half of all new lung cancer cases.
- It’s never too late to quit. After quitting smoking for 24 hours, your chance of a heart attack decreases. After 2 weeks to 3 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30%. Ten years after quitting smoking, your lung cancer risk is reduced to one-third of what it would have been if you continued to smoke. Quit today.
- Diet matters, but the jury’s still out on what to eat and why. A recent study out of Prague found that women smokers who eat dairy products, vegetables, apples and wine, and who also exercise, have a lower risk of developing lung cancer. Women who don’t smoke get protection from black tea.
Have more questions? Our lung cancer expert, Dr. Daniel Nader, answered questions during a webinar hosted by CTCA.
Visit the Kick Butts Day website for more ideas to get involved and make the prevention of lung cancer a national health priority.