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Lung Cancer Awareness Month and The Great American Smokeout

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer takes the lives of more people each year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. Although a small percentage of nonsmokers are affected by lung cancer, smoking is the leading cause of the disease.

Did you know?

  • About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes
  • In addition to lung cancer, smoking increases the risk of bladder cancer, oral cancer, COPD, GERD, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other serious diseases and conditions
  • Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world
  • Use of alternative forms of tobacco such as cigar, pipe and hookah have increased
  • There is no “safe” way to use tobacco

Great American Smokeout: Thursday November 17, 2016

The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout began in the 1970s, when smoking and secondhand smoke were common. This year, the event takes place on Thursday, November 17. The purpose is to challenge people to stop using tobacco and make them aware of the tools that can help them quit for good. Even if you don’t smoke, you can get involved by encouraging a friend or family member to quit for the day, and support them as they begin a tobacco-free life.

Tips for Quitting from the Great American Smokeout

Starting to smoke is easy, but quitting is tough. Many former smokers say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Quitting smoking is even more difficult without some kind of support. Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have tools and resources such as:

  • Smoking-cessation phone hotlines
  • Stop-smoking groups
  • Online quit groups
  • Counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
  • Guide books
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members

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From helping you be aware of and managing cancer risk factors, to routine checkups and specialized care, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) are committed to your optimal health.

Our focus is providing comprehensive, compassionate medical care you can count on, and that means making that care convenient. PVHC offers locations throughout Southern California’s Inland Empire. We are also proudly affiliated with Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, a regional leader in superior patient care.

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