Lung Cancer Awareness month: is your lung health in check?

1 November 2016: This November – Lung Cancer Awareness month – is a timely reminder to check your lung health and find out how you can improve it. This is recommended considering in 2016, lung cancer is forecasted to account for almost 20 percent of deaths from cancer in Australia. It’s also expected that 2,203 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year.

In Australia, about 90% of lung cancer cases in males, and 65% in females, are estimated to result from tobacco smoking. Compared with non-smokers, smokers are 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer. So quitting smoking is a first key step to preventing lung cancer. While it can be tough to quit, HCF’s Quit Smoking app makes it easier. The app tracks your progress, helps you combat cravings and connects you to a network of people on the same journey.  
You can actively reduce your risks by taking the following steps to build up strong healthy lungs. 

  1. Keep track of your family history 
    Look at the family history of both your mother’s and father’s side as cancer can arise from an inherited gene. If your family has any history of lung cancer, chat to your doctor about what you need to know.
  2. Eat fruits and vegetables 
    Eating a low-fat, high-fibre diet, including at least five daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of wholegrains, can help reduce your risk of lung cancer.
  3. Get active – just a little goes a long way 
    Regular exercise can lower the risk of developing lung cancer. Adults are recommended to do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate aerobic activity each week.