- Lung cancer awareness month is observed in November every year to
create and spread awareness about lung cancer, including the importance of
early diagnosis and prevention.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer worldwide irrespective
of gender or ethnicity. It is estimated that about 200,000 new cases of
lung cancer are diagnosed every year in the US.
- Most cases of lung cancer are associated with a history of
Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign - How It Began
lung cancer awareness campaign began way back in 1995 when one day was observed
as the "Lung Cancer Awareness Day". However as the movement gained momentum and
the community grew it evolved into a month long event observed annually
event has been sponsored by the Lung Cancer Alliance
since 1995, a
highly rated nonprofit organization dedicated to creating awareness about the
disease, importance of early detection and prevention in saving lives. Their
mission is to save lives and reduce lung cancer deaths by educating persons who
are at risk of getting lung cancer or suffering from the disease, and also help
to advance lung cancer research.
Goals of Lung Cancer Awareness Month Campaign
This month-long awareness campaign aims
to help people who are at high risk for
lung cancer to obtain an early diagnosis and treatment
in the initial stage
of the disease when it is easier to treat and potentially cure it.
‘Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke – smoking causes lung cancer and can kill.’
Recent research suggests that there is a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer deaths
when lung cancer screening with
low dose CT scan
is performed instead
of a standard chest X-ray
. CT scan is a much more sensitive screening test
and early detection of the disease before it has spread to the local lymph
nodes or other organs makes it easier to treat the disease, increasing the
chances of a cure.
Ways of Getting
Involved in Lung Awareness Campaign
As for any campaign, the more people that
get involved and participate, the better the reach and success. Some of the
ways we can contribute to make the campaign successful and prevent lung cancer
are by highlighting the importance of regular
cancer screening, the dangers of smoking, pollution and chemicals and
importance of early diagnosis and treatment
the social media such as Facebook to have a telling
effect. Download campaign materials from the web and click a selfie within
the photo frame and share with friends.
- You can also click a photo of
yourself and your family or friends holding a message about lung cancer
and share it on social media to spread the awareness.
your story about overcoming lung cancer or
coping with lung cancer in a loved one on social media and inspire others.
to an organization involved in creating awareness about lung cancer or
funding research on lung cancer.
- Organize your own fundraiser event
in your community such as a baking event, sale of "lung cancer awareness"
tee shirts, mugs or other artefacts to educate the general population.
This year's theme "Shine a light on
lung cancer", urges people to start or become actively involved in fund
raising events to do their bit for lung cancer awareness.
- Organize motivational speeches by cancer survivors or healthcare
professionals in local schools or offices to raise lung cancer awareness
and how to prevent lung cancer and risk factors for lung cancer.
- Doctors can conduct free lung cancer screening programs
in their hospitals during this month to create lung cancer awareness in
- Participate in a lung cancer awareness walk or run to create
and spread awareness.
- Use the print and electronic media to carry messages about lung cancer
prevention and to increase participation in events organized in the local
Such awareness campaigns in the community and social media
and the funds generated from these will help to
- Promote lung cancer research
- Increase the available resources and
support base needed to spread awareness
- Last but not least, it will push
people at risk on the path of early diagnosis and treatment
About Lung Cancer -
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide and it
is important to recognize the signs and symptoms and seek early medical
The main signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
- Unexplained weight loss
- New bone pain
- Headache that does not go away
Unfortunately, most cases of lung cancer are asymptomatic in the early stages
and become symptomatic only when the disease becomes advanced. It is thus important to consult a doctor immediately
if you note any of the above changes.
Tips on Preventing Lung
Although it may not be possible to prevent lung cancer, we
can certainly reduce its risk by the following measures:
- Avoid smoking and quit if you are
already a smoker
- Avoid exposure
to second hand or passive smoke
- Reduce your risk of exposure to
carcinogens for example, asbestos in the work place. Wear a mask to
protect yourself. Consult your physician for more advice
- Consult your physician about whether
lung cancer screening is suitable for you
- Check your home for radon levels,
especially if you live in a high risk environment
- Eat healthy and include plenty of
fresh fruit and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- What is
Lung Cancer? - (http://lungcanceralliance.org/)
- Lung Cancer Awareness -
- November Is Lung
Cancer Awareness Month - (https://www.lungevity.org/for-supporters-advocates/november-is-lung-cancer-