Lung cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers worldwide, claiming more lives yearly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. It is estimated that lung cancer accounts for nearly one in five cancer deaths globally.
Every year, Lung Cancer Awareness month helps inform communities of the risk factors that may lead to lung cancer, like smoking cigarettes and other harmful tobacco products. This observance also sheds light on the preventative measures we can advocate for in an effort to stop the development of lung cancer, and ultimately find a cure for this devastating disease.
What are they symptoms of Lung Cancer?
- A new, persistent cough that may worsen over time
- Cough that produces blood
- Hoarseness or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest, back, or shoulders that worsens when coughing, laughing, or breathing
- Unexplained weight loss or sudden loss of appetite
- Feeling weak or tired
Symptoms can vary between cases, but it’s important to be proactive if a new or persistent symptom arises.
Taking the preventative measures to keep yourself and your loved ones from developing lung cancer is extremely important. One of the most common risk factors linked to lung cancer is smoking cigarettes which is a habit that is entirely preventable. Encourage those you love to choose other methods over smoking in an effort to eliminate the risks of developing lung cancer.
Attending routine doctor checkups and physicals is also important for maintaining overall lung health.
On the occasion of Lung Cancer Awareness month, we must spread awareness about it and focus on ways to keep our lungs in a healthy condition.