Lung cancer although doesn’t come with a support cause of an iconic ribbon or well-known signature color, but needs a lot of due attention as it seems to take lives of more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.
November is tainted to be the Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but most of the area physicians, health workers and patients have claimed that the awareness comes in short supply.
The recent campaign of ‘Pink October's' flood of breast cancer awareness offers an entirely different concept of lung cancer's signature gray.
Becky Pitts, a lung cancer nurse navigator at Mission Hospital, stated “Lung cancer certainly kills more people, but it doesn't have the sexy marketing campaign that breast cancer has had. Part of the reason is that there's no way to blame women for having breast cancer, but people fault lung cancer patients for their disease,” Pitts said. “It just hasn't received that sympathy.”
The American Cancer Society, claims that the smoking is the cause for nine out of 10 lung cancer deaths. This report includes nonsmokers who compose of passive smokers and are nearly 20-30 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers who have not been exposed, he said.
Radon is considered to be the second reason for lung cancer. It is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas coming out of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks.
The American Cancer Society is the cause of for more than 10-15 percent of lung cancer cases. Asbestos and arsenic exposure is some of the major causes behind them.