Reduce Risks With Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This global campaign is comprised of a wide variety of organisations, partners and sponsors, and focuses on expanding awareness of the disease while also raising funds for research and support.

In the UK, approximately 47,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. This particular type of cancer primarily affects older people and is rare in those younger than 40. Over 40 per cent of people diagnosed with lung cancer in Great Britain are aged 75 and older.

Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, accounting for approximately 72 per cent of all cases. Still, there are other factors that may affect the likelihood of developing the disease, such as:

  • Exposure to smokers—Even for those who do not smoke, frequent exposure to tobacco smoke from others can increase lung cancer risk.
  • Radon—This natural radioactive gas comes from small amounts of uranium present in rocks and soils. Radon can also be found in some buildings.
  • Chemicals—Certain chemicals and substances—such as arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, silica, nickel, and coal and coke fumes—can all increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Pollution—Research indicates that consistent exposure to diesel fumes or nitrogen oxide gases (mostly produced by motor vehicles) can also increase lung cancer risk.

Click here to learn more about Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

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