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Although There Is No Definitive Way to Prevent Lung Cancer, There Are Ways to Reduce Personal risk.
In support of World Lung Cancer Day 2022, we asked over 2,400 M3 panel members what actions they take to prevent lung cancer (i.e. screening for lung cancer) and to understand the various lung cancer risk factors.
Given the importance of encouraging early screening for lung cancer, and proactive treatment, World Lung Cancer Day*, championed by Gold COPD, took place on 1st August 2022 this year. Its goal was to spread awareness and understanding of the various lung cancer risk factors.
What Are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide and has the lowest five-year survival rate of 22% when compared to other common cancers like prostate cancer (97.5%), and breast cancer (90.3%). The primary lung cancer risk factor is smoking cigarettes. This may not come as a surprise for many people, however, some may not know just how much impact smoking actually has in causing of lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, anyone who smokes cigarettes is 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than a non-smoker.
Except for smoking and second-hand smoking, other risk factors include:
If you want to learn more about each risk factor for lung cancer, you can read more on Lung Cancer Foundation America Website.
August Results From Our Question Poll on Lung Cancer Prevention
In recognition of World Cancer Day 2022, we wanted to find out how our M3 panel members are trying to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer (i.e. screening for lung cancer)
Check out the results from 2,458 M3 panel members globally, who participated in our question poll during August!
What Preventative Actions, If Any, Do You Take to Protect Yourself and Others From Lung Cancer?
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Lung cancer awareness and campaign should be done regularly and people should be encouraged to take a positive step towards reducing some addictions in order to allow the lungs to heal. It may not be easy at first but, with face to face interaction with a therapist, it can be achieved.
It’s amazing how many of my patients don’t even want to hear about quitting. Some of them tell me “it all they have left” which is the saddest thing I have ever heard of. I try my best to discuss smoking cessation every visit and offer options for quitting. For some that say that’s all they have left, we must find another thing for them to love and focus on.