Lung Cancer Awareness Month
For smokers, the urge to quit smoking is always there, but finding the right time, and encouragement to get started and follow through to success, can be challenging. The arrival of Lung Cancer Awareness Month offers the perfect opportunity to think seriously about the consequences of smoking and about how not starting, or quitting, can greatly lower health risks.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1,230 Nevadans will be diagnosed with some form of lung cancer this year. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, accounting for more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.
Health issues, including cancer, that can be traced to smoking is reason enough to never start, or quit smoking, but unfortunately we know that many people can see the habit as a form of comfort during stressful times. There are better ways to manage stress that will also alleviate the potential stress that is almost certain to come later in life for those who pick up the habit of smoking.
The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers offers the following tips to help people better cope with the stress that can lead to starting or continuing to smoke or vape.
Identify Tiggers and Develop Plans To Stop
Work, watching the news or diving into social media can cause stress and may prompt the appeal of smoking. Rather than turning to smoking or vaping, turn off the electronics and go for a walk. This holds true with work as well. If under a stressful situation at work, take a quick break or take a few minutes to reset your state of mind.
Find Ways to Self-Motivate
For those who smoke, only about three to five of every 100 trying to quit will actually succeed for longer than six months, if stopping cold turkey. If you don’t smoke yet, try to imagine what the exit will be like if you quit later. It is not easy. For those looking to quit, take advantage of proven-effective quitting methods that are readily available at such websites as www.quit.com.
Be Mindful of Mental Health
Substance use, such as smoking and vaping, occurs at much higher rates than the general population for those with mental health challenges. When it comes to avoiding or quitting smoking, studies show that people with anxiety, depression or stress usually feel better after quitting smoking. A good way to not start, or to stop smoking, is to pay attention to your mental health, and a good place to start is by clicking here.
Build a Support System
Consider telling at least one friend, family member or coworker you trust that you’re either considering smoking or planning to stop smoking. If you’re thinking about starting, the challenge of convincing a friend you think smoking is a good idea may lead you to realize it’s not. For those who smoke, friends may help you kick the habit easier by having their support through the process.
Celebrate Your Successes
If you make it through a holiday or any other stressful period without smoking, make sure to congratulate yourself. Recognizing and celebrating accomplishments can boost resistance to stress and cravings. Even making it through your first 24 hours smoke-free is a big accomplishment. It’s a big deal to hit any milestone, so set them even if they may seem small. You can build on small wins.
If you do smoke, and are worried about your lung health, you may want to look into Low-Dose CT Scans (LDCT). Comprehensive offers LDCT to screen people at high risk for lung cancer, the only recommended screening test for the disease. LDCT is used to find nodules in the lungs and takes many pictures of the inside of your body from different angles using x-rays. The amount of radiation used is much lower than standard doses of a CT scan without contrast dye.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for lung cancer including LDCT scans, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and world-class clinical research and immunotherapy. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.