It is time to dispel all myths and misconceptions about lung cancer with some little known facts. The first fact is that each year more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
Because November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage everybody to learn about this cancer.
The risk of developing lung cancer is highest among smokers. But, surprising to most people, nearly two-thirds of new lung cancer cases are either former smokers or never smokers. The second surprise is that this group is usually comprised of young, fit women. In fact, lung cancer is the leading cause of death to young women in the United States and claims more lives than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined.
The issue of cancer among the elderly is a growing concern given the aging of our population. Lung cancer is a particular issue given the fact that median age of patients is over 60.
The effects of air pollution, chemicals and other pollutants over a period of many years is taking its toll among our aging population. Lung cancer in seniors is our number one cancer killer.
There are several things that our elder population can do to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Increase intake of vitamin A.
- Have regular medical check-ups.
- Reduce exposure to lung irritants such as smoke and second hand smoke.
- Have a regular exercise routine.
- Have a stress management routine in place.
If you have any concerns about the prospect of an elder member of your family developing lung cancer, see your family physician. If you need help in knowing how to care for an elderly family member with lung cancer, please call us at Kabb Law for help: 216-991-KABB (5222).