Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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The year is coming to an end and with that, festivities, get-togethers and holidays. This, however, does not deter from health organisations year-long efforts to continually raise awareness about crucial issues that need our society’s constant, and sometimes very urgent, attention.

Every November a group of leading international research and advocacy organisations join forces to help drive “The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition”. Their ultimate goal is to help improve outcomes for lung cancer patients on a global scale.

As the Coalition explains on their website, lcam.org, “the Coalition seeks to fill this void, inspiring hope and achieving better results for patients in the process. Most of all, the Coalition strives to debunk the unfair assumptions and stigma associated with lung cancer by better educating the public on the disease and its causes.”

Lung cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer worldwide. This devastating cancer is estimated to be the cause of nearly one in five deaths (1.59 million deaths, 19.4% of the total)[1].

In the past almost 40 years, the organisation recognises that the rate of new lung cancer cases has fallen 32% among men while alarmingly has increased 94% among women. In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer occurred worldwide. However, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be 23.6 million new cases of cancer[2].

Cancer Research UK links 33%[3] of cases of lung cancer to smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke.

Currently more money is donated towards other types of cancer such as breast, rather than lung. This could in some part be due to the negative connotations surrounding the use of tobacco and its role in developing the diseases. However, it is primarily due to the incredible advocacy work that revolves around breast cancer.

When cancer ignites in the lungs it is without a doubt one of the most deadly. In many cases, patients won’t experience any symptoms until the cancer has extended to large sections of the lungs or even other parts of the body. This rapid growth combined with the cancer’s notorious resistance to chemotherapy makes efforts to promote awareness and continued research ever the more important.

To learn more about getting involved with Lung Cancer Awareness Month we invite you to visit http://lcam.org/.

[1] http://globocan.iarc.fr/

[2] http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

[3] http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

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