There are an estimated 750 new cases of lung cancer in Saskatchewan each year and about 550 deaths. Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer. Many deaths occur within six months of diagnosis.
Lung Association Actions
The main emphasis for the Lung Association is the prevention of lung cancer. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer and therefore the Lung Association’s smoking cessation and prevention programs are our best tools. However, it must be recognised that people who have never smoked also develop lung cancer.
The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon gas. This is a naturally occurring substance in the soil that infiltrates homes. The Lung Association has partnered with Health Canada to develop information on radon. The Lung Association promotes radon awareness and action and provides home testing kits for radon.
The third leading cause of lung cancer is exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. For many years, the Lung Association has lobbied for smoke-free spaces to protect people from tobacco smoke. Since other exposures to industrial chemicals, pesticides and air pollution can also cause lung cancer, the Lung Association continues to lobby for clean air everywhere.
Through its support of the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, the Lung Association has played a role in the recruitment of an interventional respirologist to Saskatchewan. He has brought a new diagnostic tool to Saskatchewan which uses ultra-sound in combination with bronchoscopy to improve the detection and staging of lung cancer. Saskatoon is only the fifth city in Canada to use this new technology. The Lung Association has developed patient information materials for this new procedure.