Lung Health

Mission: Detect lung cancer earlier, prevent lung cancer by reducing tobacco use, and abate radon exposure.

Lung Cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer among Pennsylvanians and the leading cause of cancer deaths. There are several risk factors related to lung cancer. The greatest risk is cigarette smoking, which is linked to 80-90% of lung cancer deaths. Radon, an odorless, invisible, radioactive gas that can enter your home from the ground through cracks in the foundation, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Approximately 40% of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's action guideline of 4 picocuries per liter (Radon in the Home).

In 2018, the rate of lung cancers in Pennsylvania was 10.5% greater than the U.S. rate, and 63.9% of lung cancers in Pennsylvania were diagnosed in the late stage.

PA CCCP and PCC support the Pennsylvania State Cancer Plan goals focused on preventing lung cancer by reducing tobacco use and abating radon exposure, as well as early detection of lung cancer through lung cancer screening.

The PCC Lung Health Workgroup is comprised of a multi-sectorial group of individuals who collaborate and leverage resources to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at decreasing lung cancer and improving the lives of lung cancer survivors through early detection.

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