November brings Lung Cancer Awareness month, a time to shine a light on the struggle that people who are fighting lung cancer have to face on a daily basis. During this month, multiple non-profit lung cancer patient advocacy organizations and individuals band together to raise awareness of the real and present danger that is lung cancer. Throughout the month there will be multiple stories shared from real lung cancer survivors, caregivers, and families who have had their lives shattered by the diagnosis of lung cancer. Lung cancer has torn apart many families and ruined many lives but there are steps that can be taken in order to lower your chances of getting lung cancer.
Lung cancer accounts for around 27 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States and has been deemed the leading cause of death by cancer in both men and women. More people die from lung cancer than colon, prostate, and breast cancer combined. 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer is connected to smoking cigarettes or long term exposure to secondhand smoke. An approximate 7,300 people who have never smoked a day in their lives die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke or other factors. Another factor may be radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt. This gas can easily get caught in your home.
This month is not only for highlighting the struggle of people who are struggling from lung cancer but it is also a great opportunity to talk about some preventative measures that should be taken to avoid lung cancer and lower your chances of being diagnosed with the disease. These preventative measures include quitting smoking or doing your best to avoid being exposed to secondhand smoke. You should also get your home tested for radon to make sure that you are not being exposed to radon without your knowledge. In order to show your support for the people who have lung cancer or survivors you can use social media to let them know you’re in their corner. You can also share your story or encourage others to share theirs through social media. Lung cancer can’t win if we all work together to diminish it!