Join Us and Spread the Word During Learn more about Prevention
November is the month to spread the message and bring awareness about the need for more research and better community communication regarding Lung Cancer facts.
The Lung Cancer Foundation Organization (LCFO) shared that 234,030 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 of which only 16% will be diagnosed in the earliest stage, when the disease is most treatable. In the United States, 1 in 15 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.
Knowing the most common causes of the disease contributes to the objective of spreading knowledge about this cancer in our community. According to the Mayo Clinic, Lung Cancer most common causes are:
- Smoking. The risk of lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked each day and the number of years you have smoked.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke or air pollution. Secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Exposure to Radon gas. Radon is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water that eventually becomes part of the air you breathe. Unsafe levels of radon can accumulate in any building, including homes.
- Exposure to Asbestos. Exposure to asbestos and other substances known to cause cancer — such as arsenic, chromium and nickel — also can increase risk of developing lung cancer, especially if you’re a smoker.
- Family history of lung cancer. People with a parent, sibling or child with lung cancer have an increased risk of the disease.
Mortality: Lung cancer kills 422 people every day.
Incidence: 641 people will be diagnosed each day which means 27 people will be diagnosed each hour.
Survival: Early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can decrease lung cancer mortality by 14%-20% among high-risk populations
With the purpose of administering facts about the disease and in joining other agencies fighting against lung cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work in order to increase early detection for treatment of lung cancer. The CDC provides a list of 51 research studies along with National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program along with other programs and a Guide to Community Preventive Services.
But there is hope, lung cancer screening and early detection can increase curability and save lives!
Furthermore, Dr. James L. Mulshine, member of the International Association for Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and Professor and Associate Dean at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois said: “Our society has clearly demonstrated the importance of stage determination at diagnosis as a reliable indicator of clinical outcome and with the recommendation of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) we now, for the first time, have a validated tool to more reliably find Stage I curable lung cancer in asymptomatic high-risk populations. This is a profound opportunity for improving outcomes for this tragically lethal cancer”
To follow the efforts of all agencies bringing awareness about lung cancer, the USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.