Huntington Beach, California, November 15, 2022
California’s rate of new lung cancer cases is lower than many other states, but lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state. Lung cancer is also expected to be the third most common type of new cancer cases in California for 2022.
While smoking has long been associated with lung cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, about 10% to 20% of lung cancers, or 20,000 to 40,000 lung cancers each year, happen in people who never smoked or smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. CDC lists various risk factors for developing lung cancer that include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, air pollution and asbestos. Regarding radon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
“To help raise awareness and educate the public about things that can be done to help prevent new cases of lung cancer, November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in California and across the nation,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “As lung cancer rates have declined with fewer people smoking, it’s important to look at the other exposure risks that people may encounter in the home or at work to continue to battle this deadly form of cancer.”
In California, LA Testing offers environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory testing services to identify respiratory exposure risks from substances such as radon, asbestos, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, ethylene oxide, diesel exhaust, and various forms of silica and chromium that could increase a person’s chances of developing lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. LA Testing also provides sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment.
Several years ago, LA Testing sponsored an educational video about Lung Cancer Awareness Month 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 environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor environmental 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 general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, 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 and San Diego.