News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • November 2008 - Issue 40 Smoking? Quit Now! (continued from page 1)
For many, the secret to quitting smoking is simply to move on to the next step. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, make a plan to do so. If you have plan to quit, take the next step and activate your plan.
If you or someone close to you would like to quit smoking, many resources are available to help you. Come to the Cancer Learning Center (CLC) at Huntsman Cancer Institute for a free information packet on how to quit smoking. You may also request a packet by calling the CLC at 801-581-6365 or toll free at 1-888-424-2100.
Fitness Program at the Wellness Center November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States for both men and women. Doctors diagnose about 210,000 new cases each year. Although the prospects are often grim with lung cancer, new therapies provide reason for hope. More than 400,000 people living today have been diagnosed with lung cancer.
About 87 percent of people with lung cancer have a history of smoking—the most significant risk factor for the disease. Other risk factors include exposure to radon, asbestos, other workplace-related chemicals, air pollution, and secondhand smoke. Family history also contributes to lung cancer risk, but it is unclear if the risk is genetic or environmental.
There are no lung cancer screening recommendations for the general public. If you have one or more risk factors, you should have a conversation with your health care provider about lung health and your risk of developing cancer.
All About the Cancer Learning Center
Did you know the Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is Huntsman Cancer Institute’s own cancer library? Designed for patients, their loved ones, and the public, the CLC has more than 3,000 books, audiotapes, CDs, and videos available for you to check out. You can find information about any topic relating to cancer, including diet, fitness, treatment options, coping, caregiving, and biographies.
Do you have questions about your treatment? Do you need help coping with side effects such as fatigue or neuropathy? Do you want to read a story about someone with your type of cancer? With trained cancer information specialists to assist you, the CLC is the perfect place to find information and inspiration.
Our hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Wednesdays. Visit us on the first floor of Huntsman Cancer Institute or call 801-581-6365.
It won’t be long until the hills are covered in white. Snowshoeing is one of many group activities that the Fitness Program provides for cancer survivors.
The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center provides a Fitness Program for Huntsman Cancer Institute patients. A doctor and two certified cancer exercise specialists design personalized fitness regimens for cancer survivors. After an initial fitness assessment, patients work one-on-one with a cancer exercise specialist. Only the initial fitness assessment is billed. One-on-one exercise sessions are free of charge. The Fitness Program also includes a variety of group exercise programs such as yoga, rowing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and fly fishing. For more information or to schedule an appointment for an initial fitness assessment, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
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