Let’s Take a Breath For Your Health
As November unfolds, so does an important month for healthcare awareness – Lung Cancer Awareness Month. At Epichealth, we are committed to keeping our patients informed about critical health issues and encouraging proactive healthcare decisions. Lung cancer is a significant concern, with approximately 14,500 Australians diagnosed each year, making it vital for everyone to understand its risks, symptoms, and early detection. This November, we urge you to take a deep breath and consider your lung health.
Understanding Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or lifestyle. However, the average age at diagnosis is around 72 years, which means it’s particularly relevant for older adults. Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, non-smokers can also be affected due to other factors like exposure to secondhand smoke, radon gas, or environmental toxins.
Lung cancer often remains asymptomatic in its early stages, making early detection a challenge. By the time symptoms become noticeable, the cancer may have already progressed to an advanced stage. This is why Lung Cancer Awareness Month is crucial, as it encourages individuals to be vigilant about their lung health and to seek medical advice if they experience any unusual symptoms.
Common symptoms of lung cancer can include:
- coughing up blood
- a new or changed cough that doesn’t go away
- chest pain and/or shoulder pain or discomfort – the pain may be worse with coughing or deep breathing
- trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- hoarse voice
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- chest infection that doesn’t go away
- tiredness or weakness
Taking Action: Early Detection and Treatment
Early detection of lung cancer is pivotal for improving treatment outcomes and increasing the chances of successful recovery. If you notice any symptoms or are at higher risk due to factors like smoking history or family history of lung cancer, don’t hesitate to contact your GP. They can recommend appropriate tests to assess your symptoms and identify any abnormalities in your lungs.
At Epichealth, we are here to support you on your lung health journey. Our experienced doctors can arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms, assist you in making informed decisions about treatment options if needed, and will work in collaboration with specialists to provide the best possible care.
Preventing lung cancer primarily involves adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, and minimizing exposure to environmental carcinogens. Regular check-ups with your GP can also help monitor your lung health and catch any issues early.
During Lung Cancer Awareness Month and beyond, our team at Epichealth is here to provide you with the necessary support and information. We believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, addressing not only treatment but also prevention and patient education.