2012 in Review

Thanks everyone for following the blog this year, so sorry for the lack of posts but we will be moving to a new blog format in the next few weeks with the Canadian Lung Association.

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Lung cancer can affect anyone

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs.  Cancer is a disease where cancer cells grow out of control, taking over normal cells and organs in the body.  Lung cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer.  It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.  On average, 70 Canadians will be diagnosed with lung cancer every day.

Lung cancer almost always begins in one lung.  It can then spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the chest including the other lung.  Lung cancer can spread (metastasize) to the bones, brain, liver or other organs. 

Symptoms of lung cancer:

  • A cough that doesn’t go away and gets worse over time
  • Chest pain that doesn’t go away
  • Coughing up blood
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Losing your voice (hoarseness)
  • Getting sick with pneumonia and bronchitis a lot
  • Swollen neck and face
  • Not hungry, losing weight without trying
  • Feeling tired

People with these symptoms could have lung cancer, or it could be something else. If you have these symptoms, your best bet is to see your family physician. The doctor can say for sure what’s causing the symptoms and how to treat them.

Read the personal story of Jeremy

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Harvest time: Dust in the Wind.

Harvest time has started in Saskatchewan which makes the Lung Association think about the safety of lung health in farmers.  Occupational lung health is often forgotten about in the workplace, although awareness has been improving over the years.  The farm (and even the combine) is a workplace, and a cause for many lung problems.  Gases from chemicals and dust from grain, livestock and mold can cause or aggravate any of the following diseases:  asthmaFarmer’s Lung/pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, allergies.

Watch The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture’s Breathe Easy Video (Filmed in SK) to learn more about lung safety.

The best way to decrease your risk of lung disease is reduce your exposure to lung hazards.  This isn’t always possibly but good workplace design and ventilation can help.  You may have to change your work practices, ie. feed your livestock just before leaving the barn or change yours crops to something that creates less dust.  The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture recommends the use of respirators.  Only NIOSH-approved respirators should be used as dust masks do not protect against herbicide or pesticide filters. 

For more information about Agricultural Health in Saskatchewan, please check out the following links:

Harvest photo courtesy of www.freephoto.com

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