November: Diabetes & Lung Cancer

November brings many important health awareness items. In this blog, we’re going to focus on Diabetes & Lung Cancer Awareness.

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant). More than 122 million Americans are living with diabetes (34.2 million) or prediabetes (88 million). Help reduce your risk for diabetes by making healthy food choices and increasing your daily physical activity to build a healthier future.

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Lung Cancer is a leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, 228,820 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and 135,720 deaths from lung cancer will occur. On a positive note, the number of new lung cancer cases continues to decrease, partly because people are quitting smoking. Also, the number of deaths from lung cancer continues to drop due to people stopping smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. If you have smoked for many years, you may want to think about lung cancer screening with low-dose CT. 

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