November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Indiana, killing
approximately 4,000 Hoosiers each year, with more than 3,800 new cases of
lung cancer diagnosed annually, 120 of them in Porter County.
Smoking is the greatest risk factor for this disease, accounting for nearly
87 percent of all lung cancer deaths. Today in Indiana 24 percent of the
population of adults--or around 1 million--continue to smoke cigarettes.
“The effects of quitting smoking begin immediately,” said Susan Gleason,
coordinator of the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter
County (TEPC). “In fact, within 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse return
to normal levels. Within 72 hours, the chance of a heart attack drops and
sense of smell and taste begin to return. Within three months, lung capacity
increases. Within one year, risk of heart attack is cut in half. And within
five years, heart disease rate drops to that of a non-smoker.”
Thursday, Nov. 21, is the Great American Smokeout. TEPC is encouraging
residents of Porter County to make a pledge to be tobacco free or to
encourage a loved one to be tobacco free.
For help with quitting tobacco use, call (800) QUIT-NOW--(800) 784-8669--or