Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Be Informed About the Deadliest Form of Cancer in America

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Of all the cancers discussed in the public forum, breast cancer is likely the most commonly talked about. And although breast cancer is a prevalent disease that affects thousands of people in our country, no other cancer claims more lives than lung cancer.

That’s why it’s so important to partake in Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November by learning about its causes and risk factors.

For men, the chances of developing lung cancer at some point in his lifetime is about 1 in 14. For women, it’s 1 in 17. And while 87% of all cases can be linked to tobacco use, you don’t have to be a smoker to develop lung cancer. Exposure to radon, asbestos and other air pollutants have been linked to lung cancer, as have certain lung diseases such as tuberculosis.

Take some time this month to learn about the different types of lung cancer, the sobering statistics, detection and treatment options available.

And if you’re still a smoker, take this month as an opportunity to quit for good. If you need some help, here are some great resources from the American Cancer Society:

Planning on quitting but know you’ll need some help? The Charles County Department of Health’s quit-smoking program is 100% free and will show you how to make a quit plan, manage stress and offers weekly support throughout your quitting journey. For more information about this fantastic program or to register for upcoming classes, call (301) 609-6932 today.

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