World Lung Cancer Day is observed on August 1 every year in order to raise awareness about the causes and treatment of lung cancer as well as highlight the issues due to lack of research. Lung cancer is one of the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the entire world. On an average it accounts for approximately 2.09 million deaths every year, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
The campaign was first organized in 2012 by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, in collaboration with the International Association for the study of Lung Cancer along with the American College of Chest Physicians.
The campaign takes into consideration all of those that have been diagnosed with the disease and also those that have recovered from it and works to provide support for them. Their main objective is to inform people about the leading causes of lung cancer, such as smoking and exposure to asbestos, arsenic, uranium, etc. The risk of lung cancer also increases with a history of cancer in another part of the body, age, family history, radiation to the chest area and lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The symptoms of lung cancer include labored breathing, coughing blood, chest or back pain, mucus in cough, etc. Diagnosis may be done by chest x-rays, CT and PET scans, bronchoscopy and needle biopsies. This day is observed annually to spread awareness about the life-threatening disease and promotes the positive message for the cancer patients to have the courage to battle this life-threatening condition. Hence, on World Lung Cancer Day, let’s join our hands together with an agenda to achieve a healthier and brighter world free of lung cancer.