As we start gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday, we should be thankful for the gift of good health above all else — because without our health, what else do we really have? Perhaps it is only fitting, then, that November should be National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer among U.S. men and women alike. While radon gas exposure accounts for some cases of lung cancer (and homeowners are encouraged have their residences inspected for radon), smoking continues to be the most common — and the most preventable — cause of this deadly disease.
This is the perfect time to make a new commitment to quit smoking once and for all, or to reach out to others who need to quit for the sake for their health. Clearing your dependence on tobacco not only helps prevent cancer, but it also restores your enjoyment of food, allows you to breathe more easily, and can reduce your blood pressure and risk of heart attack. In fact, your body could experience significantly improved circulatory and lung function within just a few weeks of quitting. Putting those cigarettes down and never picking them up again may be the best single thing you can do to boost both the length and the quality of your life and the lives around you.
If you do make the commitment to quit this month, you will be in good company. Nov. 17 is the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society has set this date as our country’s official smoking cessation day since 1977. Smoker nationaide are challenged to either quit or commit to a smoking cessation plan on that day, but millions of us have yet to accept that challenge. Breaking the cycle of addiction can indeed be unpleasant — but the possible alternative is infinitely worse.
If you would like to learn more about programs, products or support groups that can help you kick the habit, feel free to contact JSG Medical Practice, 772-223-4504 or visit http://www.jsgmedical.com . Dr. Gorodetsky and the rest of our family medicine team will be happy to advise you on how you can protect your health and the health of your loved ones. Let us all have something to be extra thankful for this November!
WorldofMouthMedia, Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:10 a.m., updated November 8, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
This story is contributed by a member of the Treasure Coast community.