Globally, November is observed as Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM). In the beginning of the century, lung cancer was considered to be a very rare disease but unfortunately now it has reached epidemic heights. Quite unfortunately, it has become a leading cause of deaths in many countries and is also rising at a tremendous pace.
About 87% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. The longer the people smoke the greater their risk of developing lung cancer.
Lung cancer patterns in India vary from lung cancer that occurs in Western Europe and America. The primary difference is that in India, squamous cell carcinoma is the commonest variety found whereas in the West it is adenocarcinoma. In addition, in India it occurs much early, that is, around 51-60 years.
According to a review article, Lung Cancer in India by Dr. Behera and T. Balamugesh, deaths due to lung cancer are far more than deaths due to colorectal, breast and prostate cancers put together.
So, let’s join hands in the campaign against lung cancer and do away with unhealthy habits that can lead to various kinds of cancers.
You can raise awareness about lung cancer in various ways during November in following ways:
Remind your loved ones that no one deserves lung cancer.