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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer awareness month take places every November in the UK. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world. In the UK, around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK for both men and women. Everyone is at risk of developing lung cancer. It is nearly as common in women as in men, in part due to smoking habits.

Know the facts

  • Smokers and ex-smokers have an increased risk of getting lung cancer.
  • If you smoke 25 cigarettes a day you are 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than if you have never smoked.
  • The risk increases the more cigarettes and more years you smoke.
  • It is never too late to stop smoking. Quitting at any age reduces your risk of getting lung cancer.
  • One in two regular, long-term smokers will die of a smoking related disease.
  • Passive smoking increases your risk, but not as much as smoking yourself.
  • One out of every seven people diagnosed each year have never smoked.
  • Researchers are currently looking at whether faulty genes play a part.
Environmental factors
  • Contact with chemicals found in the workplace or environment, such as asbestos and diesel exhaust fumes.
  • In certain parts of the UK where there is a lot of granite, a naturally occurring radioactive gas called radon may lead to an increase in lung cancer.

What should I look for?

Useful links

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The UK's only Lung Cancer Charity

Respiratory Symptom Awareness
Be Clear On Cancer campaign

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