Posted on October 31, 2014
Tomorrow, November 1st, begins Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t be fooled – you don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer. In the United States, asbestos-caused lung cancer claims more than 5,000 lives every year. Studies has proven, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis, other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers. Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have an increased risk of lung cancer. Read and share the excellent information “Cigarette Smoking, Asbestos Exposure, and Your Health” from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
The American Lung Association states that “Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.”
Protect yourself, if you smoke – stop.
People often ask me – What’s the difference between mesothelioma and lung cancer? Mesothelioma is often miscategorized as lung cancer. Simply said, both cancers can develop after asbestos exposure; however, mesothelioma commonly develops in the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart. Lung cancer develops inside the lung itself.
On Thursday, November 13th, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), the world’s largest lung cancer advocacy organization, will kick off their Annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil. This is the largest internationally-coordinated awareness event for lung cancer and takes place every November.
What can YOU do to raise awareness during Lung Cancer Awareness Month?
- Join the LCA in lighting a candle on Thursday, November 13 to honor those whose lives have been impacted by lung cancer. You can light a candle at your home, at one of many locations coordinated by the Alliance, or digitally via ADAO’s website.
- Have you or a loved one been impacted by lung cancer? Share your story with ADAO. Each voice counts, every story makes a difference.
- Tweet: November Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Shine a Light on the Facts http://ctt.ec/1zs0M+ #LCAM14 #asbestos
Together, change is possible.