November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Richland Public Health encourages awareness and promotes prevention of lung cancer. Cancer causes cells in the body to grow out of control. Lung cancer is when cancer starts in the lungs and is the third most common cancer in the United States. Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. 
 
Smoking can cause cancer and then block your body from fighting it. Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. You can quit! These resources can help today: 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free telephone support. Smokefree.gov is an online resource and CDC Tobacco Free on Facebook has online support. 
 
Radon is the leading cause of Lung Cancer among non-smokers and second leading cause for smokers. Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste, or see. It comes naturally from rocks and soil, and can dissolve in groundwater. Radon can get into homes or buildings through small cracks or holes and build up to higher levels. People who live or work in homes and buildings breathe in high radon levels over long periods of time and develop lung cancer. 
 
According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, radon causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year and 1 in 15 homes in the United States have high radon levels. The good news is that lung cancer from radon is preventable. RPH's Environmental Health Division encourages Ohio residents to check their homes for high levels of radon. Get a Free Radon Test Kit from the Ohio Department of Health at this link: ohio.radon.com