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January 20, 2022
Two Cancer Survivors Discuss Returning to Work After Cancer
As we begin our 118th year, the American Lung Association strives to be the bright light of trust, guidance and science-based information for people navigating lung cancer and lung disease, including asthma, COPD, and COVID-19. None of work is possible without your support, so thank you for your commitment to lung health and clean air. A special thanks to everyone who was able to donate during our recent year-end campaign. Read about January's focus on radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and more in this month's Mission Moment.
Of the many questions cancer survivors face when returning to work, one of the first is, "How will I talk about my cancer with colleagues?" In this personal Q&A, two cancer survivors discuss how cancer changed their work lives and how they approached their return to work.
Can dogs sniff out COVID-19? What does it mean to have mucus in your lungs? Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot? (Spoiler alert: Yes!) See all of last year's most talked about lung health topics.
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January is National Radon Action Month, a time to learn about the health risk from this second leading cause of lung cancer. We encourage radon testing for everyone, including homeowners, renters, school administrators and business owners. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground that is odorless, tasteless and colorless. It can enter a home through cracks in walls, basement floors and other openings. To learn more, take our free Radon Basics online learning module or go to our radon webpage.
Now is the time to assess your asthma management plan and create a new or updated Asthma Action Plan. All people with asthma, not just kids, can benefit from having an Asthma Action Plan, which should include vaccinations. Annual Influenza (Flu) vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. Other vaccines should also be considered, including COVID- 19, Pneumonia and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). To learn more, visit Asthma Action Plans.
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