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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

What are some ways to reduce your chance of getting lung cancer? If you smoke, quit. It is never too late to quit smoking! Stay away from second-hand smoke. For more information on quitting smoking in Prairie Mountain Health, please call 204-578-4207 to make a free appointment with the tobacco dependence counselor. The Smokers Helpline phone number is 1-877-513-5333.

Check your home for radon, which is a colorless, odourless gas from the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil that can seep through the walls and basements. The best way to test for Radon is to use a long-term (at least three months) home test kit, which can be purchased at hardware stores. Long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Manitoba. For more information on radon, click here.

Ways to stay healthy with a Chronic Lung Condition: If you have a chronic lung condition like COPD: Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Bronchitis take your medication including inhalers as prescribed. Enjoy regular exercise, get your flu and pneumonia shot, eat a healthy balanced diet and continue to reduce infections by regular hand washing, and not reusing tissues.

Tips to Manage Breathlessness: Pursed-lip breathing can be used at any time to help manage breathlessness and help you get air into your lungs. To do pursed lip breathing: close mouth, breathe in slowly and deeply through the nose. Purse lips, breathe out slowly and deeply through the mouth, imagine you are making a lit candle flicker. Count as you breathe, letting your shortness of breath control the speed of the count. In 1, 2, out, 3, 4, 5, 6. Slow the count down as you feel you are getting control and continue until you feel you are back to "normal" breathing for you.

For more information on your chronic lung condition, please call the Lung Health Clinic at 204-578-4203. The Lung Health Clinic provides education, support and assistance in dealing with a chronic lung condition. Pulmonary rehabilitation is offered through this clinic and is a multidisciplinary approach to managing chronic lung disease and shortness of breath.

Resources:

Manitoba Lung Association or 1-888-262-5864

Canadian Cancer Society or 1-888-939-3333