Lung Cancer Awareness Month is observed annually in November and highlights the need for more research to be conducted while cultivating a better understanding of the disease. Tragically, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and is also known as the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women worldwide. Each year, 218,500 people are affected by lung cancer in the United States. Out of these, about 142,000 succumb to the disease. This is because lung cancer is difficult to identify and many individuals don’t experience any symptoms until the cancer has reached an advanced stage.
This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, vow to educate everyone around you regarding the disease.
Cases of cancer have been recorded as early as 3000 B.C. in Egypt. During that time, Egyptians believed cancer was caused by the Gods. On the other hand, the Greeks believed cancer was caused by an excess of black bile in the body. Around 460–370 B.C., Hippocrates used the word ‘carcinos’ and ‘carcinoma’ to describe tumors.It wasn’t until the 16th century that lung cancer was seen as a distinct disease. After further research, various characteristics of lung cancer were identified in 1810. However, during this time, lung cancer was still rare and was often spotted in miners. Between 1876–1938, around 60% to 80% of miners died from the disease and earned mines the nickname of “death pits”. By the 1930s, an “unusual” increase in the disease was noted and researchers began assessing the role of smoking in lung cancer. A case-control study was published in 1940 in Germany where it was stated that “the extraordinary rise in tobacco use was the single most important cause of the rising incidence of lung cancer.”
What ribbon color is worn for lung cancer?
Various colored ribbons are worn to show support for the different types of cancer. The ribbon dedicated to lung cancer is pearl, clear, or white.
HOW TO OBSERVE LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH ?
Attend a conference
Throughout the month, numerous conferences regarding lung cancer are held across the country. Attend one to find out more about the illness.
Promote it on social media
Promote the causes of lung cancer on social media. Also, talk about the importance of early detection and discuss why it helps. Use the hashtag #LungCancerAwarenessMonth.
Donate for research
To celebrate the month, donate to an organization working towards developing a cure for lung cancer. Every cent helps!