Each year, more Americans die from lung cancer than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined.
November has been recognized as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and, now more than ever, we need to raise awareness about this devastating disease. Lung cancer accounts for 30% of all cancer related deaths and, yet, is the least funded in terms of research dollars.
People who smoke have the greatest risk of developing lung cancer. This risk increases with the length of time and quantity of cigarettes smoked. While lung cancer and smoking often go hand in hand, there are other factors that can trigger the disease such as second hand smoke, pollution, asbestos, radon, and family history.
Here are five important facts to know about lung cancer:
- Although lung cancer is more common among smokers and the elderly, it can show up in non-smokers and young patients, as well.
- As the stages of lung cancer advance, symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus will begin to show.
- There is an effective low-dose CT screening that can diagnose lung cancer early when it can be more successfully treated.
- African American men are 40% more likely to develop lung cancer than Caucasian men.
- Nearly 400,000 people in the United States are living with lung cancer.
To help topple this deadly disease, Mount Sinai hosts its annual “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event each November. Attendees are provided with the most recent information about the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, as well as listen to heartwarming stories from survivors and current patients. The event ends with a vigil that symbolically “shines on the light” on the disease in an effort to generate support through advocacy and research funding.
On Friday November 18th, the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its third Annual “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance. The event has grown into the largest nationally and internationally coordinated awareness event for lung cancer with over 200 vigils taking place during the month of November to recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
This year’s event “A New Era of Hope in Lung Cancer” highlights the advances in screening, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. This is a very exciting time in lung cancer treatment! For the first time, and after much advocacy, the CT lung cancer screening is now being covered by most insurances. This enables physicians to detect lung cancer in their patients at its earliest, most curable stages. This means patients who have the highest risk of developing lung cancer, now have easier access to this potentially lifesaving exam. We will also be presenting new immunotherapy and radiotherapy techniques that are helping patients with advanced lung cancer live longer and with less toxicity from treatment.
For more information, call us at 305.948.2972. Registration is required for this event.