What started as just one day of awareness nearly 20 years ago has turned into a month full of spreading news and important information about lung cancer to a global audience. Lung Cancer awareness month is dedicated to educating people of the risks associated with the disease, ways to help prevent it, and to treat it.
Doctors and researchers are dedicated to decreasing the amount of deaths due to lung cancer through earlier detection and extensive screening. Lung Cancer is currently the leading cause of death among cancers, but with CT screening professionals think they can help through non-invasive tests.
The Lung Cancer Alliance is an organization that is devoted to helping advocate for those affected by the disease and spread awareness. Most people don’t know some of the shocking facts and figures ( about Lung Cancer. Here are five that we find the most astounding:
A high percent of people diagnosed with Lung Cancer are current or former smokers
It kills over 150,000 people a year—the second cause of death in the US next to heart disease
Awareness is key because Lung Cancer research gets less government funding than Breast, Prostate, or Colon cancer
Only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed early enough that the disease is still confined to the primary site because of lack of screening
There is only a 15.9 five-year survival rate
The key to early detection and treatment is awareness, and so for Lung Cancer awareness month, we encourage you to share these facts and figures with your friends and families!
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