Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer kills more people than the next three cancers combined.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November is an effort to raise awareness of the need for more research and better community awareness of this disease.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

An estimated 156,000 lung cancer deaths are expected to occur in 2019. This is about 27% of all cancer deaths. Federal funding for lung cancer research per death is just $1,680 compared to $25,000 for breast cancer, $12,600 for prostate cancer, and $6,300 for colon cancer.

Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the other most common cancers.

  • Lung Cancer 17%
  • Prostate cancer 99%
  • Breast Cancer 89%
  • Colorectal Cancer 65%

Thanks to advances in technology, early detection screening using spiral CT has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 16-20%, compared to standard chest x-rays.

When detected early, lung cancer patients have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival. The key is being tested for lung cancer early.

Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms aren’t normally apparent in the early stage. Typically, lung cancer is diagnosed in a late-stage due to the symptoms being more prevalent.

Classic symptoms of lung cancer, that by themselves aren’t generally worrisome. If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor to rule out lung cancer.

  • Persistent cough (especially coughing up rust-colored sputum)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain

Tests your doctor may recommend:

Risk factors for lung cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to other carcinogens
  • Air pollution
  • Arsenic in drinking water
  • Previous radiation to lungs
  • Personal or family history of lung cancer

Ways you can help:

If you have any of the symptoms above or for more information, please consult your physician.