The Great American Smokeout: It's never too late to quit

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare holds a lung health resource fair that offers support to people who hope to stop smoking.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- It's Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and also time for the Great American Smokeout.

There's no better time than now to prioritize your health and put down that cigarette.

The Lung Health Resource Fair will be Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at:

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Lifestyle Health & Fitness Center
800 Battlefield Blvd North, Chesapeake VA 23320

You can register at 757-312-6132 or chesapeakeregional.com/LungHealthFair/
 

Here's some helpful information for you to know about lung cancer:

Early detection is key to surviving lung cancer. Who should  get tested for lung cancer? 

  • Lung Cancer Screening is only suggested for the HIGH RISK patient which is anyone who has smoked for 30 years or greater. Smoked pack of cigarettes a day and is 55-77 years old. If you are a former smoker you are eligible if you quit less than 15 years ago.
  • Low Dose Cat Scan of the chest annually ordered by your Primary Care Physician
  • Most Health insurances plans and Medicare cover the screening if you meet the criteria
  • Chesapeake Regional Healthcare can determine if you are in a High Risk group during their Lung Cancer Awareness Resource Fair next Wednesday.

What are some symptoms for lung cancer?

  • Cough that won’t go away
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Pain in chest
  • Hoarse voice
  • Coughing up blood

Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer. What would you tell someone who wants to quit smoking today?

1.      Set Quit Date and stick with it. Quitting is hard, don’t give up! Many people try 2-3 times before success.

2.      Get support from family and friends. Counseling and reading materials also available for free in Virginia and North Carolina by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

3.      Improvement of your health begins within minutes of quitting…BP, pulse, circulation are a few examples.

4.      You can do it! November 17 (next Thursday) is the ACS Great American Smoke Out this year. Make plans today to not smoke for 24 hours!

 

Second-Hand smoke is just as dangerous. How would someone know if they have been affected by someone else’s smoking?

  • Any amount of exposure is dangerous. It has been shown to cause heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.
  • Smokers  should smoke outside of  the home and especially not in the car
  • The good news is that secondhand smoke exposure is on the decline. 

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