Historically lung cancer has been diagnosed too late. Although there are still challenges with cat scans (a type of imaging that uses special x-ray equipment to make cross-sectional pictures of your body), they are raising hope in the medical community that early detection of lung cancer will change a persons odds of being diagnosed and living longer.
From The American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
Sometimes we take our lungs for granted. They keep us alive and well and for the most part, we don’t need to think about them. That’s why it is important to prioritize your lung health.
Don’t Smoke Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. If you smoke, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting.
Avoid Exposure to Pollutants That Can Damage Your Lungs Secondhand smoke, outdoor air pollution, chemicals in the home and workplace, and radon all can cause or worsen lung disease. Make your home and car smokefree. Test your home for radon.
Prevent Infection A cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become very serious. There are several things you can do to protect yourself. Read more
Get Regular Healthcare Regular check-ups help prevent diseases, even when you are feeling well. This is especially true for lung disease, which sometimes goes undetected until it is serious.
Exercise Aerobic exercise helps improve your lung capacity. Specific breathing exercises can also help improve your lung function. Exercise and breathing techniques are also great for improving your mood and helping you relax.