World Lung Cancer Day
“A day to raise our voices
and stand strong against lung cancer."
Picture a world where lung cancer is no longer a scary and life-threatening disease but something that can be stopped in its tracks through prevention, treatment, and care. A world where every individual affected by this disease receives the care and support they deserve. This vision is what drives world lung cancer day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and Igniting hope in the fight against lung cancer. According to WHO, lung cancer caused 1.80 million deaths in 2020, becoming the most common cause of cancer-caused deaths. This day aims to raise awareness regarding lung cancer, its causes, risk factors, and symptoms and motivate people to get themselves screened.
Importance Of Lung Cancer Awareness
On 1st of August every year, international lung cancer day is observed. Lung cancer is the most commonly occurring cancers worldwide. The day was established to raise awareness about lung cancer prevention and treatment. It serves as an opportunity to unite individuals, organizations, and communities in the fight against lung cancer, which remains one of the most common and deadliest forms of cancer worldwide. The day also aims to provide support and information to those affected by the disease and promote the importance of early detection and research efforts. Various awareness campaigns, educational events, and fundraising activities will be conducted to raise lung cancer awareness.
What Is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer occurs in the lungs when the cells of the lungs start proliferating abnormally. It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. There are two types of lung cancer: small and non-small cell.
- Small cell lung cancer is a rapidly spreading form of cancer that tends to metastasize early in its development. Treatment for this type usually involves a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Non-small cell lung cancer is a slower-growing variant that can be managed through various approaches, such as radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
Symptoms Of Lung Cancer
Early symptoms of lung cancer are
- Worsening persistent cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain in the chest
- Loss of appetite
- Recurrent respiratory infections (pneumonia or bronchitis)
Late symptoms of lung cancer are
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Neck or collarbone lump
- Trouble balancing
- Pain in the shoulder
- Swelling of the face and upper body
- Trouble swallowing
- Eyelid drooping
- Back, rib, or hip bone pain
Symptoms of lung cancer among people who never smoked are similar to those who have smoked. They may experience general feelings of unwellness, constant fatigue, frequent coughing, coughing up blood, chest pain, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It's vital to be aware of these signs and consult a physician if any symptoms arise, as early detection can lead to better treatment outcomes.
Risk Factors Of Lung Cancer
Risk factors that increase the chances of development of lung cancer in a patient are
1. Smoking: The most common factor behind increasing lung cancer cases is smoking. The risk of lung cancer is more in people who smoke when compared to those who don't.
2. Second-hand smoke: Exposure to second-hand smoke from burning cigars and other tobacco products can be a risk factor for developing lung cancer, regardless of whether you smoke or not.
3. Radon exposure: Radon is a natural radioactive gas in the soil. Radon exposure is the second leading risk factor for developing lung cancer.
4. Exposure to carcinogens: Exposure to carcinogens like asbestos, arsenic, nickel, and chromium increases a person's risk of developing lung cancer.
5. Family or personal history: A previous history of lung cancer increases your risk of developing it again. A family history of lung cancer also poses a risk factor.
6. Radiation therapy to the chest: Having undergone previous radiation therapy to the chest may increase the risk of getting lung cancer.
7. Pollution: Studies have shown that breathing in polluted air can risk developing lung cancer.
Recent Advances In Lung Cancer Research
- New targeted therapies are more effective than traditional chemotherapy.
- New immunotherapy treatments that can help the body's immune system fight cancer.
- New ways to personalize cancer treatment based on a patient's individual tumor.
How To Support?
- When supporting someone with cancer, it is essential to be there emotionally, offering understanding and empathy.
- Helping with practical tasks, such as running errands or providing transportation, can alleviate some of their burdens.
- Advocating on their behalf, whether with healthcare professionals or insurance companies, ensures they receive the best care possible.
- Additionally, connecting them with valuable resources and support groups can offer further assistance and comfort throughout their cancer journey will be more appreciated.
Do And Don't
1. Seek medical advice for symptoms or risk factors.
2. Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke.
3. Get your home tested for radon and reduce exposure.
4. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
5. Stay hydrated and maintain overall health.
1. Don't ignore symptoms or risks; seek medical attention.
2. Avoid exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
3. Don't delay treatment for diagnosed lung cancer.
4. Avoid using alternative therapies without consulting a healthcare provider.
5. Don't start smoking or expose yourself to smoke.
Make a difference this on international lung cancer day 2023
On this lung cancer awareness day 2023 people from all walks of life come together to join hands in a global movement that aims to transform the future of lung cancer. With each passing year, this special day inspires hope, drives research, and empowers communities to take action against one of the most challenging health issues of our time. World lung cancer day 2023, make a difference by spreading awareness among your kith and kin about the risk factors, symptoms, prevention, myths, and facts of lung cancer.
Please encourage everyone to get screened for lung cancer. Join campaigns to promote the awareness of lung cancer among the public. Ensure you follow all the preventive measures before educating others about it. Spread awareness about the harmful effects of smoking, the benefits of early screening, and treatment options available for lung cancer.
"Breath by breath,
we fight for
a world free of lung cancer."