World Lung Cancer Day is part of a grassroots effort of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact. Aug. 1 is recognized as World Lung Cancer Day, a day to commemorate, celebrate and support those impacted by lung cancer. It is also important to educate the public about lung cancer risks and early treatment options in order to combat this one of the most common cancers worldwide.
Every year, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. It accounts for an estimated one in five cancer deaths globally. While smoking can definitely increase a person’s risk for developing lung cancer, there are other risk factors that are less commonly known. Environmental toxins have been linked to lung cancer. So have diseases like chronic bronchitis and TB.
We encourage you to recognize World Lung Cancer Day by learning more about lung cancer, celebrate survivors, remember loved ones who have passed and help propel the education movement.