How Two Trips to the Basement Could Save Your Life

How could two trips to the basement possibly save your life or the life of people you love? Do yourself a favour and find out!

There is a lot we don’t know about lung cancer and its causes, but experts say radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer. If you live in a home with high levels of radon for a long time, that increases your likelihood of developing lung cancer.

Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in rock, soil and water. It can enter into buildings through cracks in the foundation and gaps around things like pipes and drains.

We can’t see, smell or taste radon, but there are ways to detect it. It only takes a couple of simple steps to protect ourselves.

First, purchase an inexpensive radon test. There are at least two kinds of radon tests: short-term and long-term. We have used both. We got ours at the local hardware store. They are readily available.

Next, take a trip down to the basement to start the test. The radon test will monitor for radon in your air while you go about your everyday life.

After the appropriate* amount of time, take that second trip to the basement to retrieve your test. We mailed ours into the lab (easy to do), and they sent our results soon after.**

It’s easy to do this test, and it could save your life and the life of those you love. Don’t delay.

Put “Radon Test” on your shopping list. Do it today!

* There are both short-term and long-term tests. I’ve heard you get more accurate results if you do the long-term (three months) one in the Winter (since we don’t open windows much at that time).  It’s not too late to start one now.

** We do not have a problem with radon, and what a relief to know that! If you have a problem with radon in your house, there are people who can fix it for you. It’s not expensive, especially when you consider the alternative…

More info here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/radon/testing-your-home-radon.html

http://www.lungcancercanada.ca/Lung-Cancer/Radon.aspx

https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/air-quality/indoor-air-quality/radon

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November Awareness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed I changed my profile and cover photos for November. Have you noticed any other indications of Lung Cancer Awareness Month? I haven’t seen many.

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Did you know that Lung Cancer is by far the most common type of cancer, and by far the leading killer (of all cancers) in Canada?

Did you know that Lung Cancer kills more than 20,000 Canadians each year? Did you know Lung Cancer kills more people than Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancer combined?

I learned these sad facts through my involvement with Lung Cancer Canada.  lungcancercanada.ca They’ve got a few events that I’m planning to be at this month, including the Lung Cancer Patient Summit in Toronto and the Lung Cancer Canada Evening of Hope in Ottawa. I’ll be speaking at the Ottawa event. Busy month for me!

November can be a rough month, especially if one spends time reflecting on numbers like these.

Lung Cancer research is shockingly under-funded, especially when compared with funding for other cancers which don’t take nearly as many people away from their family and friends. Lung Cancer accounts for 25% of all cancer deaths in Canada. Ugh.

I’m thankful that these numbers aren’t the whole story! I’m thankful for researchers and doctors and nurses and administrators and fundraisers and so many generous people who are working hard to change these horrible stats!

I’m thankful that this clinical trial I’m on is making a huge difference for me and my family and friends. I hope this drug will help many more who follow.

I’m thankful for hope, and those to seek to inspire it for lung cancer patients.

Some members of my lung cancer community talk about “Outliving Lung Cancer”,  “Shining a Light on Lung Cancer”, and “Hope Beyond Cure”.*  I am thankful for them and for the hope that they help inspire in me and many others. Hope is good!

*  outlivinglungcancer.com   hopebeyondcure.com

I don’t know much about serving as a patient advocate, and I don’t know if this is my calling, but I’m hoping I’ll learn more, meet some great people, and be encouraged at these Lung Cancer Canada events this month. I’ll let you know how it goes!

This month I’ve been enjoying lots of walks, aiming to gradually increase my fitness. Let me show you some of the beauty I’ve been privileged to see … even in November! 🙂  Thank you for journeying with me: it’s good to have companions!

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