Let's Not Forget About Lung Cancer

by Dana Demas

November was officially Lung Cancer Awareness month. If you're surprised, you’re not alone. Unlike breast cancer and other types of cancer, lung cancer often gets dismissed as a disease of lifestyle or choice.

And while smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, up to 20 percent of women and up to 15 percent of men who are diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. Add to this the studies that show lifestyle choices and environmental factors play a role in the development of many, if not most, types of cancer, and the line between cancer types quickly gets muddied.

The reality is that lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Ultimately, it goes without saying that no one deserves to get cancer. We should strive for awareness around all types of cancer – from the most rare to the most researched – free from judgment. Let’s make early detection, prevention and treatment of lung cancer a national health priority.

Visit the Lung Cancer Alliance for more ideas to get involved and help bring lung cancer into the limelight.