Let's Learn Together

One of the many important goals of the Preston Community Garden is to educate the community about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This page will be dedicated to introducing these im topics to the community and providing guidance and resources to address them! 

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Chart & Stethoscope

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Lung Association, 1 in 16 Black Men and 1 in 21 Black Women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

How can I take better care of my lungs naturally?

Elderberry, turmeric, ginger, mullein, among many others are great herbs you can safely incorporate into your morning tea to help detox your lungs. Consult with your local herbalist and/or healthcare practitioner first. 

Please feel free to comment any resources you may have or know that can help better serve our community!

Find a lung cancer screening center:

American College of Radiology (ACR) has a lung cancer screening locator tool that provides a list of ACR verified screening centers. acr.org/Clinical-Resources/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Resources/LCS-Locator-Tool

To learn more about lung cancer, please click any of the links below!

Lung Cancer Outcomes & Impacts | Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Basic Information About Lung Cancer | CDC

What puts me at risk for lung cancer?

Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer and is responsible for 80% of lung cancer deaths. People who have never smoked account for 20% of lung cancer deaths.

 

Other risk factors include exposure to:

  • secondhand smoke

  • asbestos

  • radiation

  • air pollution

  • diesel exhaust

  • certain metals (arsenic, chromium, cadmium)

  • certain organic materials

How do I know if my symptoms could be lung cancer?

See your doctor if you experience any of the following common symptoms of lung cancer:

B – Blood when you cough or spit

R – Recurring respiratory infections

E – Enduring cough that is new or different

A – Ache or pain in shoulder, back or chest

T – Trouble breathing

H – Hoarseness or wheezing

E – Exhaustion, weakness or loss of appetite

Other symptoms may include swelling in the neck or face, difficulty swallowing, or weight loss.

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