November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and worthy of recognition. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. If you guess that cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, you are correct. Cigarette smoking is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancers, and the number one cause of preventable premature death. What can you do to prevent lung cancer? First of all, stop smoking if you smoke, and secondly, maintain a healthy lifestyle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 50 percent of those who quit smoking did so cold turkey and the other 50 percent used a quit smoking program. First, decide that you are ready to quit. Secondly, commit to quit. The CDC offers 1-800-QUIT-NOW and may be a good resource if you are ready.
St. David’s HealthCare cares about your health and we offer free health education, classes and events. For cancer support, we offer a free askSARAH phone line where you can speak to a nurse that is available 24/7 regarding any cancer question. Call askSARAH now at 844-482-4812 or 512-840-6032 if you’re in the Austin area. AskSARAH is offered on behalf of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute and St. David’s HealthCare.
In the case of a lung cancer diagnoses, or any cancer diagnosis, the integrated cancer services and cutting-edge therapies of St. David’s HealthCare and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute are exceptional. We have phenomenal surgeons, nurses and oncology nurse navigators. A nurse navigator is a health care professional trained in cancer care, functions as a patient advocate and aids in identifying resources for specific individualized needs. This is ideal when you need care and having support plays a significant role in healing. More than anything, take care of yourself and live healthy.
By Kathryn Scoblick, Director of Employer Health and Wellness