228,000. Each year, that’s how many Americans are told they have lung cancer. And each year, more than 160,000 die of the disease.
To put that into perspective, lung cancer causes more deaths than prostate, breast, and colon cancers combined and it accounts for some 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Remarkably, 1 in 14 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It started out as Lung Cancer Awareness Day in 1995 and has since grown in breadth and scope.
Lung cancer awareness advocacy groups along with governmental agencies have tapped this month to make the public aware of the causes of lung cancer and to present strategies to prevent its future growth in the United States.
As an example, the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s stated goal is to double the lung cancer survival rate by 2022, while the American Cancer Society is sponsoring its 28th annual Great American Smokeout on November 17 to encourage smokers to quit for at least a day in the hope that they might quit for good.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is also throwing its weight into the fray by encouraging veterans to quit smoking. Veterans are disproportionally affected by smoking-related illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states there are several things you can do to lessen your lung cancer risks. They include:
- Do not smoke and if you do, quit now.
- Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Avoid air pollutants.
- Follow health guidelines when working with toxic substances in the workplace.
- Have your home checked for radon levels.
The law firm of Farah & Farah wholeheartedly supports Lung Cancer Awareness Month. We have seen too many individuals and families affected by this terrible disease. If you are a smoker, we encourage to you quit now for your health and your family’s health as well.