What are you doing for lung cancer awareness month 2013?

Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2013

When most Americans think of November fond memories of Thanksgiving, autumn, Turkey dressing, and family are probably the first think that come to your mind. November is also “Lung Cancer Awareness Month.” Lung Cancer Awareness month started as Lung Cancer Awareness Day in 1995. Quickly the movement spread, and become a full month.

I don’t know if you know this but according to The American Lung Association Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. 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. A new clinical trial planned launched in the UK by the newly formed Lung Cancer Alliance, offers hope for the battle against lung cancer. Their aim is to increase the lung cancer survival rate.

On the third Thursday of each November of each year, The American Cancer Society hosts an event called “The Great Smokeout” where smokers are encouraged to use that day to make a plan to quit. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

The US Veterans Department of Affairs has offered their support by encouraging Veterans to observe “The Great Amercan Smokeout” and quit smoking as well. Veterans are disproportionately affected by smoking-related illnesses, as 34% of all veterans in care are smokers, compared with 23% of the general population.

Lung cancer carries a stigma related to the perception that all people with lung cancer are or were smokers and that they brought it on themselves. While the leading risk factor for lung cancer is smoking, the American Lung Association emphasizes that patients must not be blamed for their disease.

For a list of things that you can do to raise awareness of lung cancer awareness month 2013 check out the Lung Cancer Awareness website. They offer advice on how to make a request to your Governor to declare your state national lung cancer awareness month as well.