I was contacted back in October when pink ribbons were everywhere raising awareness breast cancer and have been woefully remiss in writing a post to promote November as Lung Cancer Awareness month. Better late than never if just one person reflects on it. I am happy to lend my support to a health issue that recently became too real. You might remember me telling you about the loss of a dear colleague this past summer from lung cancer. She came back after the Christmas/New Years holiday with a bad cold, so she thought. Which was upgraded to pneumonia, so she thought, but then by the end of February, had a stage four lung cancer diagnosis. She left behind a 22 year old son, a sister and other family, and many friends. In a blink, she was no longer here.
I have no clue if anything could have been done if found earlier. I can't surmise what might have led to her risk factors. I can though look after my family, friends, and yes, myself, and understand what contributes positively or negatively to lung health. From avoiding direct hazards like tobacco and toxins, to keeping active and vigilant about air quality in our homes, work, schools, and environment, knowing and being aware is the first step in the battle. For example, asbestos found in older homes and buildings can cause a cancer of the lung called mesothelioma and radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer
For more information on how you can learn more about staying healthy and improving your quality of lung health visit American Cancer Society-Stay Healthy.