November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month—an opportunity to reflect on the effects of lung cancer in Wisconsin families. As a prevention effort, the Oneida County Health Department is reminding people of the steps they can take to reduce their risk for being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Risk Factors for getting Lung Cancer:
- Exposure to second hand smoke
- Radon gas in the home
- Things around home or work, including asbestos, ionizing radiation and other cancer-causing substances
- Medical exposure to radiation to the chest
- Chronic lung disease such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
- Increased age
Tips to reduce your risk of Lung Cancer:
- Don’t use tobacco
- Avoid second hand smoke
- Test your home for radon
- Follow safety guidelines when handling toxic materials in the work place.
- Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
Lung cancer is now the number-one cause of cancer death for both men and women, according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The report also shows that almost nine out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking. Another startling finding from the report is that smokers today are more likely to develop lung cancer than those of 50 years ago. According to Wisconsin’s Interactive Statistics on Health data, Oneida County had 98 deaths as a result of lung cancer during 2010-2012. That is an average of 32 deaths per year.
The Oneida County Health Department encourages individuals who smoke or use other tobacco products to call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free assistance. In addition to receiving personal coaching, Quit Line callers can also receive a starter pack of quit smoking medications.
The Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition (NWTFC) is working on many initiatives in the community to encourage the reduction in the use of tobacco through community involvement and public information. If you would like to join the effort, contact Corie Zelazoski at 715-369-6115 or email@example.com.