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2018 Annual Santa Run

FLINT — Hosted by First Choice Heating & Cooling Services, a 5k Santa Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Flint YMCA, 411 E. 3rd St. The YMCA Family Santa Run/Walk is an untimed 5K and one-mile event for the entire community! Each participant receives a 5-piece Santa suit to wear during the event so thousands of Santas descend on Downtown Flint to raise money for over 8,000 youth, families and seniors who use the services at the YMCA! This event raises money for the YMCA of Greater Flint scholarship assistance program. This fund provides assistance to youth and families in our community so that they may participate in YMCA programs. Sponsors help make our event a success! Consider being a sponsor today and download a sponsor packet at: flintymca.com/wp-content/ uploads/2014/02/2018-Santa-Run-Sponsor- Form-6-18.pdf Tickets at: www.facebook.com/events/200226630743430/ P.S.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

LANSING — Lung cancer accounts for more deaths in both men and women than any other form of cancer in the United States. As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging residents to learn more about ways to reduce their risk.

In 2018, there will be an estimated 8,780 new cases of lung cancer and 5,860 deaths from the disease in Michigan. Native American and African American males have higher case and mortality rates.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of most lung cancer deaths in both men and women, followed by radon exposure.

“The best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “However, it’s not easy to quit tobacco, so it’s essential to seek help by scheduling a time to talk to your health care provider.”

If you plan to quit smoking, MDHHS recommends:

• Visiting the Michigan Tobacco Quitline website for information.

• Calling the Michigan Tobacco QuitLine at 800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for free help.

• Visiting the American Lung Association’s website.

• Reviewing the Michigan Cancer Consortium’s resources for quitting tobacco.

People who are 55-80 years of age and current or former heavy smokers should also talk with their doctors about lung cancer screening tests. Finding lung cancer earlier through low-dose CT scans have been proven to provide better outcomes for patients and reduce associated deaths. The lung cancer screening test is covered by many insurance plans.

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and radon-related cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths annually.

MDHHS recommends residents test their homes for radon. Radon test kits are available at many county and city health departments. Visit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality website to learn how to get a test kit. — G.G.

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