Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide. It is estimated that in 2023, there will be over 2.2 million new cases of lung cancer and over 1.8 million deaths from the disease.
World Lung Cancer Day is observed on August 1 each year to raise awareness of this deadly disease and to encourage research into new treatments. The theme for World Lung Cancer Day 2023 is "Lung Cancer: Break the Stigma."
There are many factors that can increase a person's risk of developing lung cancer, including smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, and air pollution. However, even people who have never smoked can develop lung cancer.
The symptoms of lung cancer can vary depending on the stage of the disease. Some common symptoms include:
A persistent cough
Coughing up blood
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for improving the chances of survival for people with lung cancer.
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer, including:
Avoid secondhand smoke
Reduce your exposure to radon
Limit your exposure to air pollution
Eat a healthy diet
Get regular exercise
World Lung Cancer Day is a day to raise awareness of this deadly disease and to encourage research into new treatments. It is also a day to break the stigma associated with lung cancer. If you or someone you know has lung cancer, please know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you cope with the disease and to improve your chances of survival.
Here are some ways you can get involved in World Lung Cancer Day 2023:
Wear a blue ribbon to show your support for people with lung cancer.
Share information about lung cancer on social media.
Donate to a lung cancer research organization.
Volunteer your time to a lung cancer support group.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of lung cancer.
Together, we can make a difference in the fight against lung cancer.