Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The most important thing a person can do to lower their risk for lung cancer is quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80-90% of lung cancers. Using other tobacco products such as cigars and pipes also increases risk for lung cancer.
The second most important way to lower lung cancer risk is to test your home for radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and gets trapped in homes. Breathing in high levels of this odorless, tasteless gas can raise risk for lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Smokers who live in homes with high radon levels are ten times higher than nonsmokers who live in homes with high radon levels (CDC).
If you are concerned about your risk for lung cancer, talk to your doctor, check out the resources and education below, and sign up to receive a free radon kit. With locations in both Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Summit Pulmonology also provides lung disorder services including a lung cancer screening program.
Read more to understand what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention knows about radon.
Do you live and Franklin County? Would you like to test your home for radon? Register here to sign up for a free radon kit from Summit Health Nov. 1-17.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers free resources and technical assistance to Pennsylvanians who are concerned about radon in the home. Visit their website to learn more.
Summit Pulmonology can help you diagnose, treat, and manage lung disorders and offers a lung cancer screening program. Check out more here.
Are you looking for support to quit smoking? Check out the Pennsylvania Free Quit Line, a service available to all Pennsylvanians.
Did you know that your chances of quitting smoking are better if you don’t do it alone? Read more tips here.