Sunday, April 26, 2015

Learn About and Protect Yourself Against Lung Cancer

April is National Cancer Control Month

Heather Von St. James
Wife, Mother, Survivor
Photo source
Have you ever heard of "National Cancer Control Month"? Me neither. Which is exactly why I'm sharing this newly learned information with you. I was first introduced to Cancer Control Month by mesothelioma cancer survivor, Heather Von St. James, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at just 36 years of age.

The purpose of recognizing National Cancer Control Month is to honor the fight against Cancer. Many of us are already familiar with the various cancer awareness months spread throughout the year. So, you might be asking yourself, 'Why is raising awareness of Cancer Control Month so important'?

According to Heather, "This year, an estimated half a million Americans will lose their lives to cancer, and 3 times that many will be diagnosed. Prevention and screening are the best defenses against cancer, along with education and research."

That's far too many losses! I am only too happy to help raise awareness of Cancer, Lung Cancer and prevention. The best way(s) to reduce your risk of cancer is through prevention and lifestyle changes that include: quitting tobacco, eating healthier, exercising regularly, using sun protection and undergoing recommended screenings.

It can seem overwhelming to think about ALL cancers, so let's narrow our talk down to lungs and lung cancer. I, personally, know all too well the importance of healthy lungs and taking care of those little butterflies in our chest. Learn about why the butterfly is a symbol of lung transplant.

Although my late brother, Eddie, didn't exactly have a choice with his lung disease (he was born with cystic fibrosis); he did have choices on taking care of them in the best way possible. I, too, have choices in protecting my lungs and controlling for any possible asthma triggers. For anyone suffering from either of these lung diseases, one of the best ways to take care of your lungs would be to quit smoking and/or stay away from cigarette smoke.

We've all no doubt seen those commercials of Doug who had mesothelioma. Sadly, Doug passed away in 2012. Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is both aggressive and difficult to treat. But -it can be treated. Learn more about mesothelioma treatment.

Did you know mesothelioma can also be caused by asbestos fibers? And that the chances of developing the disease still exists, when there is a genetic predisposition to cancer, even if you were only minimally exposed to asbestos.

The mere presence of asbestos in not necessarily a problem. The problem begins when the asbestos becomes damaged or breaks down over time and releases asbestos fibers into the air we breathe. If you believe your home may have asbestos in it, contact a licensed abatement professional.

It is my hope that this information on Cancer, Lung Cancer and raising awareness of National Cancer Control Month will help you, a family member, relative or friend. Additional resources on asbestos, mesothelioma treatment and prevention can be found below.

Please help me to raise awareness of National Cancer Control Month and this information article by sharing this post link with your friends and family. Have you had an experience with any of the causes listed in this article? Please comment and share your experience with us.

Learn more about:
-Asbestos in the home
-Mesothelioma prevention


About This Blog

Welcome to the Lungs for Life BREATHE blog. It is here that I hope to keep you informed, provide resources and just stay in touch with asthma, cystic fibrosis, organ donation and transplant communities.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you.


The teal-green lung(s) graphic images were designed and generously donated to Lungs for Life by a young man, James Binegar, who lost his fight with cystic fibrosis while waiting transplant. We deeply appreciate James' work on our graphics and for donating his time to LFL. He will be missed but his memory will live on through our use of his graphics.

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