On World Lung Cancer Day on August 1, 2016, the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer.
Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with or passed away from lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in America? Today is the day to acknowledge their struggle and their strength. August 1 marks World Lung Cancer Day!
Today, we thought we would shed some light on the common myth that only tobacco smokers get lung cancer. This is completely untrue. Asbestos exposure victims are at risk for developing lung cancer, as well. Smoking only increases a victim’s chance of developing the disease.
Unfortunately, many individuals’ asbestos exposure took place long ago. Asbestos-caused lung cancer, like mesothelioma, can develop within an asbestos exposure victim for years or decades before symptoms appear. By the time a diagnosis is made, the cancer cells might have spread to other parts of the patient’s body. This is a devastating disease for victims and their families.
Many of those at risk for asbestos-caused lung cancer are American workers. This makes World Lung Cancer Day especially important to us. How are you spreading lung cancer awareness on World Lung Cancer Day?