This post is sponsored by Genentech.
We are done with the winter season and onto spring now. How time goes so quickly! In 2022, I am working on being physically fit, eating healthier, and taking control of my finances even more than before.
I won’t go into all of the intimate details of my own resolutions; however, I will say that every year I always make sure to include health on my list. To be my healthiest self while being the best wife, mother, friend and business woman I can be is probably the most daunting resolution of all but every year, without fail, I try my absolute hardest. After all, I’m not doing it just for myself but also for my family. To make sure my husband has his wife by his side. To make sure my children are taken care of and have me in their lives for as long as I’m able. Those things, while feeling good for myself spiritually and physically, are the driving force behind my quest to maintain my personal health.
Looking out for your health looks different for everyone. To some it involves yoga, and organic farm to table eating. To others it’s remembering to take their vitamins. This year, if taking control of your health is on your list of resolutions, then I’d urge those who have smoked to talk with your doctor about a lung cancer screening.
In the madness of everyday life, it’s all too easy to forget that we need to have routine screenings to rule out potential hazards. Lung Cancer is easy to overlook. Years ago, smoking was the norm everywhere you looked. Even more so than now.
Parents smoked around their little ones, in the home, in their vehicles, etc. Back when smoking cigarettes first became the new cool thing to do there weren’t as many known side effects or consequences. People didn’t realize what they were signing up for by lighting up and that it could harm the ones they loved.
The fact of the matter is that Lung Cancer has the highest mortality rate of all of the known cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. On a personal level, I experienced losing a friend to terminal lung cancer last year. It was one of the hardest things to watch her deteriorate from a vibrant doctor to one that was truly suffering. This is why it is so important to talk to your doctor about the criteria for lung cancer screening, regardless if you’ve been impacted.
Thankfully, in its early stages, this menace can be successfully treated. According to the American Cancer Society, if found early, there is a 90% survival rate. This makes it so much more important to take the first brave step of talking to your doctor about a lung scan. If you or a loved one has a history of smoking, don’t wait for it to be too late. Getting a Lung Cancer screening could very well be the best thing you do for your health. It could also bring peace of mind going forward.
I’ve partnered with Genentech on this posting to help stress the importance of Lung Cancer screening. Each year Lung Cancer claims the lives of 131,000 Americans, according to the LUNGevity Foundation. It’s time to take back control of our health and take a proactive stance. Lung Cancer Screening is a non-invasive scan that takes as little as 30 seconds to complete. Isn’t that a small inconvenience for peace of mind or ultimately, a scan that could catch your cancer early enough for it to be successfully treated?
To find out if a Lung Cancer Screening could be right for you or a loved one, I implore my readers to head over to ScreenYourLungs.org. Visitors to the site can utilize the quiz found on their homepage to see if they meet criteria for screening. Lung Cancer doesn’t have to leave you feeling defeated, take a stand today and talk to your doctor or encourage a loved one to see if it’s time for a lung scan.