More About Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and a perfect time to quit smoking.  It is also a perfect time to learn:  here are 25 things that you did not know about lung cancer.

  1.  Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, aside from skin cancer in both, prostate cancer in men, and breast cancer in women.
  2. Lung cancer is the cancer that kills.  Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
  3. Smokers are not the only ones at risk for developing lung cancer, but the risk is MUCH higher in smokers.
  4. There are 3 main types of lung cancer:  non-small cell lung cancer (the most common), small cell lung cancer, lung carcinoid cancer.
  5. Secondhand Smoke comes in two forms: sidestream smoke and mainstream smoke, and they do not have the same effect.
  6. Sidestream smoke comes from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar.  It is more concentrated and makes its way into the lungs more easily.
  7. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by a smoker.  It is less concentrated because the smoker has inhaled most of the carcinogens.
  8. Non-smokers that are exposed to secondhand smoke are passive smokers.  The more exposure to secondhand smoke the more the non-smoker shares the same risks of smoking with people who do smoke.
  9. Researchers refer to odor from smoke as thirdhand smoke.  There is no conclusive evidence that thirdhand smoke increases risk of cancer, but it sure does smell bad!
  10. A pack of cigarettes averages $6 to $9, depending on the state of purchase.  That means that smoking a pack a day costs on average $2,184 to $3,276 a year.
  11. Common symptoms of lung cancer often mimic those of a respiratory illness:  a cough that does not go away, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing.
  12. Other symptoms include chest, shoulder or back pain, coughing up blood, swelling in the neck and face, clubbing of the fingers and toes.
  13. Nicotine is a drug and every bit as addictive as heroine and cocaine.
  14. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are very real and people who are experiencing them do much better when they are under doctor or some other support group’s care.
  15. Smoking dulls the senses, particularly smell and taste.  Once you quit, these senses return to normal, eliminating the need to over salt foods that so many smokers tend to do.
  16. It is not just lung cancer, smokers are at a much higher risk for other lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and more frequent incidence of pheumonia.
  17. Smokers are twice as likely to die from heart attacks as non-smokers because it narrows the blood vessels to and from the heart.
  18. Men who smoke are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction because of similar blood vessel damage.
  19. Premature wrinkles and deep wrinkles around the mouth are prominent on the faces of smokers.
  20. Smoker’s mouth refers to the wrinkles around the mouth from puffing on the cigarette, along with the yellow teeth so common in smokers.
  21. The CDC estimates that adult male smokers die 13.2 years younger and female smokers die 14.5 years younger than their non-smoking peers.
  22. Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, the body begins to repair itself.
  23. By the 15th year of remaining a non-smoker the risks of coronary heart disease have almost completely reversed.
  24. Positive re-enforcement is more effective for smokers than negative re-enforcement.  Remind smokers that you love them, care about them and they can quit.
  25. Start the new non-smoking you on November 15th with The Great American Smokeout!

After I decide and commit, then what?

Change your habits as much as possible:  shop at a different grocery store, take a new route to work, exercise, try new restaurants, try new foods, avoid situations where people are smoking, drink lots of water, tea and juices, keep your hands occupied: click pens, squeeze toys, even wear gloves, keep your mouth occupied:  gum, mints, cinnamon sticks.  Consult your doctor about nicotine replacement therapies and other medications.  There is individual medical insurance coverage for help quitting smoking, get a quote and learn more.

What about nicotine replacement therapies and medications, do they work. 

There are five types of nicotine replacement therapies that are FDA approved:  patch, gum, nasal spray, inhalers, and lozenges.  Nasal spray and inhalers must be purchased with a doctor’s prescription, the others can be purchased over the counter.  The idea behind all of the types of nicotine replacement therapies is a measured dose of nicotine to help wean off the drug a little at a time.  Use of these therapies is meant to be temporary, and each has a different side effect .

There are also medications to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal, and they are only available with a prescription.  Health Savings Accounts  can help pay for costs of these prescriptions.

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NFL  For Week 10 

Favorite Line Underdog Ron’s Picks Dwight’s Picks
Indianapolis -3 At Jacksonville Indianapolis Indianapolis
At New England -11.5 Buffalo New England New England
NY Giants -4 At Cincinnati NY Giants NY Giants
At Tampa Bay -3 San Diego San Diego Tampa Bay
Denver -4 At Carolina Denver Denver
At Miami -6 Tennessee Miami Miami
At Baltimore -7.5 Oakland Baltimore Baltimore
Atlanta -2.5 At New Orleans Atlanta Atlanta
Detroit -2 At Minnesota Minnesota Detroit
At Seattle -6.5 NY Jets Seattle Seattle
At Philadelphia -2.5 Dallas Dallas Dallas
At San Francisco -11.5 St. Louis San Francisco San Francisco
At Chicago -1.5 Houston Chicago Chicago


Monday Night Football Line

Favorite Line Underdog Ron’s Picks Dwight’s Picks
At Pittsburgh -12.5 Kansas City San Diego Pittsburgh
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