November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and across the nation patients, advocates, and survivors are joining forces to host awareness events and activities with one goal in mind: stop the leading cause of cancer deaths. Teams are working to increase awareness about the risks and effects of lung cancer, reduce the stigma often associated with it, and make surviving this deadly disease the norm with vigils, marathons, fundraisers, and more.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, even greater than deaths from prostate and breast cancer combined. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and that 150,000 people die from the disease every year. Unknown to many, lung cancer risks actually stretch beyond just smoking, from chest radiation therapy for other diseases like breast cancer to radon and asbestos exposure in the home or workplace.

Still, smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are the greatest factors contributing to the development of cancer in the lungs. CDC indicates that 80-90% of all lung cancer cases are related to smoking, but smokers who quit entirely can cut their risk of cancer in half within 10 years.

At Danya, we understand the risks smoking and tobacco use can carry, but we also understand how difficult it is to quit once the addiction has taken hold. In an effort to prevent tobacco use and reduce its deadly impact, we are working with CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring new technologies to public health professionals and the public at-large to both aid smokers in their pursuit to quit and to deter nonsmokers from ever forming the habit.

Cancer survivors, current and ex-users, advocates, and communicators alike can all contribute to increased awareness surrounding tobacco use and reduce everyone’s risk for lung cancer by getting involved in efforts like:

–          Global Health in Action. A Facebook-based anti-tobacco campaign for young adults, GHiA aims to highlight the dangers of tobacco with a video contest. Videos can be submitted through November 16, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad 3 and the runner-up an iPod Touch!

–          Ideascale. Do you have innovative ideas or digital solutions for solving the threats of tobacco use and lung cancer in our country? Share them at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products Ideascale site, vote for and discuss others’ contributions, and these agencies may just bring your idea to life!

–          Great American Smokeout. Join the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 to encourage yourself or smokers you know to make a plan to quit smoking, even if just for the awareness day—take the important step toward a healthier, cancer- and tobacco-free life.

Regardless of how you get involved, be sure to find out how you can support your local lung cancer awareness efforts to end the deadliest of all cancers and make breathing easy the new norm this November.

By Katy Capers

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