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Learn how to consume a well-balanced diet, fit exercise into your daily routine, protect yourself from the sun, avoid or quit tobacco, and get appropriate cancer screening exams to reduce your risks for cancer.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


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In the November issue of Focused on Health:

QuitRx Research Study May Be a Prescription to Quit

Why would nearly 21 percent of adults continue to smoke knowing that their habit may lead to cancer and for some, certain death? It's because smoking is an addiction. It's an uncontrollable dependence on cigarettes that causes emotional, mental and physical reactions in people who are trying to quit.

While his wife was successful in quitting cold turkey, Thomas Fitchett, 55, joined QuitRx, a smoking cessation research study administered through M. D. Anderson Cancer Center's Behavioral Science Department. The study is designed to better understand how the brain responds when people experience the negative emotions, such as agitation, irritability and sadness often associated with quitting. Read more

Get the Facts: Lung Cancer

It is estimated that there will be approximately 215,000 new cases of lung cancer in the United States in 2008. Quitting smoking, or not starting at all, is by far the best way to prevent lung cancer. Smoking tobacco accounts for more than eight out of 10 lung cancer cases. If everyone stopped using tobacco, lung cancer could be nearly wiped out (American Cancer Society). Read more

Garden your way to health 

Gardening has many health benefits, including helping to reduce your risk for cancer. That's because gardening counts as exercise, it reduces stress, and promotes relaxation and healthy eating.  Read more