Lung Cancer Awareness Month
33,000 Ontarians are currently living with lung cancer, a disease that claims more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Lung Cancer Awareness month is a time to celebrate the lifesaving achievements of the lung cancer research community, as well as a time to raise awareness about lung cancer prevention.
World Pulmonary Hypertension AWARENESS Month
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare disease affecting the arteries of the lungs. In PH, the pulmonary arteries become narrowed, and can be scarred to the point of being closed. Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month is a time for patients and their caregivers to educate their communities about PH and encourage legislation supporting research and early diagnosis measures.
International Day of Radiology (November 8)
November 8 is the International Day of Radiology, coinciding with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays. The practice of radiology, or medical imaging, can be significant to lung health, so it deserves a #LungMonth shout-out, too! Chest x-rays, for example, are sometimes used to identify lung diseases such as lung cancer or pneumonia.
World Philanthropy DaY (November 15)
Through the support of our donors and community partners, Ontario Lung Association-funded researchers have produced a number of exciting discoveries and have made major contributions in the fight against lung disease. World Philanthropy Day is the perfect time to recognize the donors, community partners and volunteers who make our work possible.
World Pneumonia Day (November 12)
Many different germs can cause pneumonia, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. World Pneumonia Day is a time to demand action in the global fight against pneumonia, a disease which kills millions in the developing world each year. Lucky for Ontarians, there are a number of methods to prevent penumonia, and it is easily treatable.
World COPD Day (November 20)
More than 850,000 Ontarians have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a potentially serious respiratory condition that blocks the airways and causes lung damage. World COPD Day is a perfect opportunity to ask: Could I have undetected COPD and how can I find out for sure? If you are 40 or older, a current or former smoker and regularly experience shortness of breath doing simple tasks, ask your health-care provider about a breathing test called spirometry.
Radon Action Month
November is Radon Action Month, marking the launch of the Take Action on Radon campaign. This national initiative is designed to raise awareness about radon and to inform homeowners that November is the month to buy a radon detector kit. Winter is the best time to test your home because the windows are usually closed and detectors will record levels that show the highest risk. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. About seven per cent of Canadian homes have levels of radon higher than the recommended safe level.