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It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure

Radon, a naturally-occurring invisible gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Twenty-one thousand Americans die from radon-induced lung cancer each year. You can't see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The good news is that radon exposure is preventable. The American Lung Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are committed to fighting radon. Now, we're enlisting others to help take the fight to a whole new level -- because no one should have to suffer from preventable radon-caused cancer.

12 Ways To Keep Your Lungs Strong And Healthy

12 Ways To Keep Your Lungs Strong And Healthy

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If you take good care of your lungs, they can last a lifetime. “The lungs are very durable if they’re not attacked from the outside,” says Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA). With a few exceptions, your lungs don’t get into trouble unless you get them into trouble, he says.

However, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and stroke. Here are 12 things you can do to keep your lungs healthy as you age.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It typically leaks into a house through cracks in the foundation and walls. Radon is the main cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second-leading cause of the disease after smoking.

Lung Cancer, the Deadliest of all Cancers, Receives Far Less Funding, Empathy in Asheville Area

ASHEVILLE — Lung cancer doesn't have an iconic ribbon or well-known signature color. In fact, it doesn't even have its own support group in Western North Carolina.

Yet lung cancer will take more lives this year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.

November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but as many area physicians, health workers and patients have noticed, awareness is in relatively short supply. But in even shorter supply for lung cancer patients is public empathy.

In the wake of ‘Pink October's' flood of breast cancer awareness efforts, the elephant in the room is one thing that hasn't been painted pink, but remains a distinct shade of lung cancer's signature gray.

“Lung cancer certainly kills more people, but it doesn't have the sexy marketing campaign that breast cancer has had,” said Becky Pitts, a lung cancer nurse navigator at Mission Hospital, and a breast cancer survivor herself.