Blog 8/1/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: August 1 is World Lung Cancer Awareness Day

This day helps raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks as well as early treatment around the world.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the US. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates:

  • More than 234,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
  • Approximately 154,000 lung cancer patients will lose the battle with the disease—that translates to 422 lung cancer deaths per day in the US.

Lung cancer screening programs offer new promise for early detection and improving survival rates.  As many as 12,000 to 15,000 lives can be saved each year through these screening programs.


According to the American Lung Association (ALA), many people with lung cancer don’t have symptoms until the disease is in its later stages.  Symptoms are different in each person, and may include:

  • A cough that doesn’t go away and gets worse over time
  • A chronic cough or “smoker’s cough”
  • Hoarseness
  • Constant chest pain
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Frequent lung infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Coughing up blood
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Bone pain or fractures
  • Blood clots

Talk with your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms.

Things you can do:

  • Stop smoking: Cigarette smoking is the number one lung cancer risk factor. Don’t start smoking; quit smoking if you smoke; and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Be mindful of air pollution: Breathing in dangerous chemicals can cause lung cancer. The more chemicals you breathe in, the higher your lung cancer risk.
  • Exercise: Daily aerobic exercise and breathing exercises are ways you can “work out” your lungs to their full capacity.
  • Get checked regularly: Seek medical help on a regular basis to address any medical concerns or questions you might have.

Talk to your doctor about being screened.

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