But one precaution that many health conscious individuals may not even think of when it comes to safeguarding their health is protecting themselves and their families from an invisible gas that often lurks within their own homes: radon.
To address this need, the Lung Association launched the LUNG FORCE initiative -- designed to raise awareness about lung cancer in women, encouraging everyone to raise their voices against lung cancer and for lung health, and to call for increased funding for lung cancer research.
Last month, the American Lung Association took a significant step in the national fight against the second leading risk factor for lung cancer: radon. We've been battling radon for decades, but now we have a renewed commitment under a new plan.
Although breast cancer diagnosis is twice as common in women (1 in 8 women will get breast cancer) compared to lung cancer (1 in 16 women), the cure rate for lung cancer is much lower, resulting in more deaths from lung cancer.
Our near-term goal is to reduce unsafe levels of radon in 5 million homes by 2020, preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths every year. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. We know we can do it.
I am confident that if the medical community, research community, business community, elected officials, patients, advocates, and family members all come together -- we could dedicate the necessary resources to combat this deadly disease.
Known for its objective and scientifically rigorous research, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been pulled into the battle between environmentalists and the oil and gas industry. One skirmish in the larger battle involves the radioactive gas radon in natural gas.
While there is no doubt that New Yorkers, like the rest of the U.S. population, are drinking and eating too many highly caloric foods, there is a more serious health concern coming our way that doesn't seem to bother Mayor Bloomberg.