Thursday, November 5, 2009

November is lung cancer awareness month

Please join us in honoring lung cancer awareness month this Novemeber. It is estimated that there will be 3,960 new lung cancer case diagnosed this year (American Cancer Society, 2009). It is also estimated that nearly 3,000 people will die in Wisconsin alone from lung cancer. 

Especially for those who work in tobacco control this is a time to reflect on the important work that we do. Many organizations, like the American Cancer Society, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and others will take time this month to celebrate the voices of lung cancer survivors. For example, later this month UW-Carbone Cancer Center will be hosting an event on November 12th in Middleton. For details click here. 

Lung cancer kills far too many people each year. We know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer with secondhand smoke exposure being associated with increased risk. Nearly 90% of lung cancer diagnoses are linked back to tobacco use.

To raise awareness the Lung Cancer Alliance created a really cool video to view it, how it was made and more CLICK HERE.

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