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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lung Cancer Awareness

The leading cause of cancer deaths for both women and men in the United States for the past 30 years is lung cancer. Lung cancer kills more individuals each year than colon, breast, and prostate cancer. Many believe that lung cancer is the direct result of smoking. This is not totally a fact since it is a major risk factor it is not the only cause of lung cancer.

Research for lung cancer does not receive as much awareness or financing since most money is placed on quitting smoking to prevent and eradicate lung cancer. Survival rate for lung cancer is very low, many believe it is because not enough money is spent on research. While there are non-smokers that have lung cancer with no real explanation. Some symptoms that should be watched for whether a smoker or not include:

  • frequent respiratory infections or coughs
  • pain in the chest or ribs
  • hoarseness or shortness of breath

 Knowing what to look for makes it easier to detect.

Besides smoking there are other risks for developing lung cancer:

  • asbestos and other carcinogens. Asbestos was used in isolation in buildings. 
  • family history of lung cancer. Close family such as parent, sibling or child 
  • Radon gas is created by natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water Unsafe levels may accumulate in buildings and homes 

Lung Cancer Awareness month was created in 1995. An entire month of festivities both on and offline bringing awareness and asking you to get involved.

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