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Monthly Archives: August 2015

8 back to school tips for managing your child’s asthma

8 back to school tips for managing asthma

With a new school year starting, BC Lung Association wants to remind parents of the annual peak in asthma flare-ups in the weeks after school starts. Hospitalizations for childhood asthma increase during the fall months as children go back to school and are confined in classrooms where they can easily swap germs. Incidence of viral and respiratory infections rise during the fall season and these are powerful triggers for asthma symptoms. Below are some tips to help your child with asthma be prepared for the new school year: 1. Visit your doctor before school starts and prepare an Asthma Action Plan

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Janet’s story: Six years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer

Janet's Story

Guest blog by Janet Whitehead Six years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had most of my left lung and lymph nodes removed in my first surgery and tumours removed from my right lung in a second surgery three months later. I’ve never smoked. Finding out I had lung cancer was a huge shock for me. Like many people, I thought only people who smoked got lung cancer. But that’s not the case. Indoor radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking – and as it turns out I had been exposed to a lot of

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association partners with BC Lung Association to fuel action on indoor radon

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Indoor radon is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking Anyone preparing to buy a new house in BC should be aware of new BC Building Code measures regarding indoor radon – an invisible, odourless soil gas that occurs in areas across Canada and is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. A serious health risk, radon poses the greatest danger when it builds up to high levels inside buildings and people are exposed to it over a long period of time. To reduce radon-related health risks, the BC government recently added new radon-related measures to the Building

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Our Tobacco Free Tuesday Winner – Ravi Olekh

Tobacco Free Tuesday - Ravi

Ravi is our July winner for QuitNow’s Tobacco Free Tuesday. This is her story: I am a 23 years old and a mother to a sweet 2 year old boy. I started smoking around the age of 15 because my best friend at the time smoked. After smoking for 5 years, I quit when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was very proud of myself for doing it cold turkey. Unfortunately, like many others, the stress of life got to me. Instead of finding a healthy way to cope, I picked up the habit again last

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Castlegar homeowner wastes no time taking action on radon

BC Lung Association RadonAware - Area 1 Zones

When Castlegar native, Joan Blain, first heard about the BC Lung Association’s Home Radon Testing Study, she jumped at the opportunity to take part. Unlike most British Columbians, Blain had heard about radon. She knew it was a leading cause of lung cancer and that Castlegar was known to have elevated levels. So she suspected there was a good chance her home may test above the Health Canada safety guidelines of 200 Bq/m3. “I was right,” explained Blain. “The level of radon in my home was 600 Bq/m3 – three times the health guideline. When I found out I wasted

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Forest fire smoke is hard on health – particularly those living with asthma

Forest fire smoke and lung health

The 2014 forest fire season was severe in western Canada. There was more than 360,000 hectares burned in BC and more than three million hectares burned in the Northwest Territories. These fires produce smoke that negatively affects air quality throughout the region. The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed the BC Asthma Monitoring System (BCAMS) to help provincial medical health officers to better understand the impacts of smoke in real time. This system uses information from the air quality monitoring network, satellites, and BlueSky smoke forecasting system to assess smoke exposure throughout the province. It displays these data along with information about the number of asthma-related physician visits and

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