Lung Cancer Awareness Month (1-30 November)

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Health Assured team

21 October 2016

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide.  With the disease claiming more than 35,000 lives in the UK every year and a short average time of six months between diagnosis and death it is crucial that awareness of this cancer is raised. This is why Lung cancer awareness month take places every November in the UK.   Lung cancer accounts for about 27 percent of all deaths caused by cancer and is the leading cause of terminal illness (relating to cancer) among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.   The aim of the campaign is to encourage people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss, to visit their GP. Awareness leads to greater chance of early diagnosis.  The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance is of swift lung cancer treatment and the ability to beat the cancer.   At the moment, more than two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a stage when it’s too late for them to be offered treatment that could cure them. Fewer than 10% of those diagnosed with the disease survive for at least five years after diagnosis.   A closer look at the ever-changing patterns of smoking rates in the UK shows the success, and challenges, for lung cancer awareness. Recent figures for men reveal that lung cancer rates have fallen by nearly 50% in the last 40 years. But for women, lung cancer rates are still on the up; hitting a worrying increase of three quarters in the last four decades. Help your family and friends realise that smoking, passive smoking and exposure to certain chemicals are risk factors that should be eliminated or reduced.   What can be done to help fight against Lung Cancer? Staying active is one of the best preventative methods, going to the gym, dancing, or doing a sport you enjoy will help strengthen your muscles. This will expand your lungs and allow them to pump blood round the body more effectively. You should also stay away from smoke, keep your rooms well ventilated and get any persistent coughs that might arise checked with your doctor.   If you or a loved one is suffering from any terminal illness Health Assured are available to support you during the difficult process. Whether you just need someone to listen or for proactive advice on what steps you should take we can help. Please get in touch through the helpline and we will support you in whatever way we can or visit the health and wellbeing portal for more information

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