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Breathe Easy this November: Three Things to Know About Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer doesn’t discriminate; it affects both smokers and non-smokers, emphasizing the importance of awareness and education no matter your lifestyle. With a disease prevalent among millions worldwide, there are steps you take now to reduce your risk. Check out these three key facts about lung cancer. Keep them in mind this month and evaluate your lifestyle and health. Is it time to make some changes this November?

Fact 1: Prevalence and Impact:
Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers globally. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, responsible for approximately 2 million deaths each year.

Fact 2: Complex Causes and Risk Factors:
While smoking remains a significant contributor to lung cancer cases, non-smokers are also at risk. Exposure to secondhand smoke, environmental factors like air pollution, and genetic predisposition can increase the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Occupational hazards, such as exposure to asbestos and radon gas, are additional risk factors. Understanding these complexities emphasizes the importance of comprehensive prevention strategies, including smoking cessation programs, promoting clean air initiatives, and workplace safety measures.

Fact 3: Progress in Treatment and Early Detection:
Advances in medical research have led to significant progress in lung cancer treatments. Targeted therapies and immunotherapy have revolutionized the way we approach this disease, offering more personalized and effective options for patients. Additionally, early detection through screening methods like low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans has proven to be instrumental in diagnosing lung cancer at earlier, more treatable stages.

Understanding the facts about lung cancer is the first step towards reducing your risk of lung cancer. Stay proactive and encourage your family or loved ones to learn about lung cancer causes and prevention.


As with all cancers, an important part of the treatment process is detecting the cancer as early as possible. There are a few tests that will help determine if your symptoms are linked to lung cancer. Click on the button below to learn more.