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Lung cancer facts everyone in Idaho should know

Idaho Radon Services
July 10, 2024
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Lung cancer takes more lives per year than any other type of cancer, which is why it’s important to understand the facts and figures of lung cancer in your state. We’re here to break down a few lung cancer facts in Idaho so you can stay safe and healthy.

1. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

Smoking is notorious for causing lung cancer, but did you know radon exposure kills 21,000 Americans annually? Radon is a radioactive gas that is created when uranium in the ground decays. Idaho has uranium all throughout the state, and 40% of homes tested in Idaho have high radon levels. Radon can’t be detected by your senses, so it’s important to perform a radon test to ensure you are not exposed to high levels for a prolonged period of time. Click here for a free radon test.

2. Idaho has a below-average rate of cancer treatment

According to the American Lung Association’s State of Lung Cancer report, 23.7% of lung cancer cases in Idaho don’t receive any treatment. This rate is significantly higher than the national rate of 20.6%. People may not receive treatment for various reasons, including having a significantly progressed disease or not having access to treatment. It’s important to raise awareness for lung cancer so it can be detected early and treatments can become more accessible.

3. New technology can help with early detection and treatment of lung cancer

Saint Alphonsus Hospital is the first Idaho hospital to use new state-of-the-art robotic technology to detect and treat lung cancer. The new ion robotic bronchoscopy platform allows physicians to look at the lung’s deepest tissue in a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. According to Dr. John East, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group’s Medical Director for Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, “This system is going to allow us to diagnose lung abnormalities early and to diagnose lung cancer when it is at an earlier stage when the treatment is more effective and cure rates are higher.”

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