Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Red smoke making the shape of human lungs

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 Read more

Hepatitis: A Global Threat

Medical case file with the hepatitis written on it

Last week the World Health Organisation commemorated the 400 million people around the world that are affected by viral hepatitis.

Every 28th of July World Hepatitis Day is celebrated to raise awareness and insight policy-makers to increase access to testing and treatment. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can serious debilitate quality of life if the virus progresses to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. There are 5 main types of viruses: A, B, C, D and E. The most life threatening are B and C as they are the most likely to develop into liver cirrhosis and cancer. Hepatitis B, C, and D are most likely contracted via parenteral contact with body fluids that have been infected. Hepatitis A Read more