Lung Cancer Awareness

by | Nov 4, 2020 | Health Issues | 0 comments

November is National Lung Cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. Lung cancer accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, makes breathing difficult for the 16 million diagnosed Americans. Millions more suffer from COPD, but have not been diagnosed and are not being treated. COPD can limit your ability to work or even perform simple daily tasks. 

The leading factor for both diseases is smoking.  My advice is to not start smoking because it is hard to quit. It took me three times before I stopped smoking, 22 years ago, and my husband took numerous tries before he was successful at quitting.  Smoking is an addiction and extremely hard to break after smoking for years. The great American smoke out is November 19, 2020, a day in which all smokers are encouraged to quit. I strongly encourage any smoker to quit to decrease the health risks of cancer.