Huntington Beach, CA, November 9th, 2021
While the rate of new lung cancer cases and deaths are lower in California than many other states, lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state and nation. To raise awareness and educate the public about things they can do to help prevent new cases of lung cancer, November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer can also be caused by breathing secondhand smoke, being exposed to substances such as asbestos or radon at home or work, and having a family history of lung cancer.
“As fewer people smoke cigarettes, lung cancer rates have gradually decreased in California and across the nation,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Focusing attention on environmental factors that could increase cancer risks is also important to continue this trend. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in homes and buildings. Workers can also be exposed to substances and chemical compounds on the job that could increase their chances of developing lung cancer. These include asbestos, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, ethylene oxide, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium to name a few.”
In California, LA Testing offers air, dust and other environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory testing services. They also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment. These services and products help to identify exposure risks to protect families and workers.
LA Testing sponsored an educational video about Lung Cancer Awareness Month several years ago that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/LV7zwQiwaCQ
To learn more about this or other outdoor or indoor air quality (IAQ), occupational, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To access to test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash, and smoke damage, particulates, and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health, and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego, and Ontario.