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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The More You Know

Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer - almost twice as many.

Lung Cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in the US, taking more lives than breast, prostate, and colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.

Although it is commonly thought of as a smoker's cancer, as much as 25% of lung cancers are found in people who have never smoked.

Symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • a cough that won't go away
  • recurring respiratory infections such as pneumonia
  • chest, shoulder or back pain that won't go away
  • unexplained wheezing
  • shortness of breath or hoarseness
  • coughing up blood
  • swelling in the neck or face
  • difficulty swallowing
  • unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • increasing fatigue or weakness
  • unexplained recurrent headaches
  • seizures
  • bone pain

Early detection is important because lung cancer rarely displays symptoms until the disease is in the later stages.

Check out this article for more information about early detection stratagies.

1 comment:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Thanks for writing this. One of my good blog friends lost his sister last year to lunch cancer, she was in her 30's and a non-smoker. He's still grieving.