It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month – And Here’s What You Need to Know
First comes October, then comes November.
Translation for cancer sufferers and survivors: First comes Breast Cancer Awareness Month, then comes Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
As we discussed in this blog post about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, both cancers are very, very serious — thus one month devoted entirely to each cancer. But while Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a whole lot of pink, a whole lot of funding and a whole lot of media attention, Lung Cancer Awareness Month — and those suffering at the hands of lung cancer — get a paucity of attention.
That means we all need to work extra hard to spread the word – and hope you will help us by sharing this blog with your friends and family.
To make it easier, we made our very own top-ten list – the things the public misunderstands the most.
Here it is:
- Lung Cancer is the most deadly cancer of all, for both men and women.
- Lung cancer accounts for around 27 percent of all cancer deaths.
- Lung cancer kills more people every year than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined.
- Lung cancer sufferers often are shamed and made to feel guilty, because so much emphasis has been put on smoking as a cause. Sadly, this prevents people from talking openly about lung cancer, which means much less advocacy and “pinkness” than breast cancer.
- Nonsmoking lung cancer is on the rise thanks to environmental toxins like asbestos, diesel exhaust, radon gas, secondhand smoke and air pollution. (Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/why-lung-cancer-strikes-nonsmokers)
- One in five women with lung cancer has never smoked — and that number is increasing.
- The environmental toxin asbestos does not only cause one type of lung cancer, it also causes a rare cancer of the lung’s lining called mesothelioma.
- People can be exposed to the deadly carcinogen asbestos while at work doing jobs like renovating older homes.
- Family members, friends and loved ones can also be exposed to asbestos “Secondhand” — meaning via contact with someone who was exposed to asbestos, This type of exposure often comes through asbestos fibers on a person’s clothing.
- Our mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd have met — and ultimately represented — thousands of men and women including those who developed mesothelioma lung cancer through secondhand exposure and veterans who developed mesothelioma lung cancer after serving their country.
This Lung Cancer Awareness Month we encourage people to share these key facts about lung cancer and mesothelioma.