AHS lungcancer.prevention final

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AHS lungcancer.prevention final

  1. 1. More people die fromlung cancer every yearthan from colon, breastand prostate cancer—combined! Adena Health Systems 1
  2. 2. Smoking is responsiblefor almost 90% of lungcancer cases. Smokingyourself is the biggestrisk factor, but livingwith a smoker also putsyou at risk. Adena Health Systems 2
  3. 3. Other factors for lungcancer: Exposure to radon Exposure to carcinogens Air pollution Adena Health Systems 3
  4. 4. There are very fewsymptoms in theearly stages of lungcancer. In fact, only 15%of lung cancers arefound before they havespread to other parts ofthe body. Adena Health Systems 4
  5. 5. Know the signs Cough that does not go away or coughing up blood Trouble breathing or shortness of breath Continuous chest pain Hoarse voice Frequent lung infections, like pneumonia Fatigue Adena Health Systems 5
  6. 6. If you are or were aheavy smoker, you mayqualify for a screening,called a low-dose spiralCT scan, which canhelp detect lung cancerin its early stages. Adena Health Systems 6
  7. 7. To qualify, you must: Be 55-74 years old Have smoked a pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years or more Be currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago Other conditions also may put you at high risk and qualify you for the screening Adena Health Systems 7
  8. 8. The Adena Lung NoduleProgram can help youdetermine your risk oflung cancer and whetheryou qualify for thisscreening.To learn more,call 740-779-8700. Adena Health Systems 8
  9. 9. You can lower your riskof lung cancer by takingthese steps: Quit smoking Eat a healthy diet Maintain a healthy weight Exercise regularly Limit your exposure to secondhand smoke and environmental factors Adena Health Systems 9
  10. 10. Once you quit smoking,you’ll see immediatebenefits: After 20 minutes – your heart rate and blood pressure drops After 2 weeks-3 months – your circulation improves and your lung function increases After 1-9 months – coughing will decrease and your breathing will improve Adena Health Systems 10
  11. 11. And the benefitscontinue throughoutyour life: After 1 year – your risk of coronary heart disease reduces to 50% of a smoker’s risk After 5-15 years – your risk of stroke and coronary heart disease equals that of a non-smoker Adena Health Systems 11

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