The month of November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that more than lung cancer is the second leading cancer in men and women with 222,500 new cases each year?
The average age of diagnosis in both men and women, whether non-smoker or smoker, is 70 years old. Even though these statistics seem very scary, more than 430,000 who are living today have been diagnosed and cured of lung cancer.
Even though we can’t just stop cancer altogether, we CAN support those who are going through such a devastating event in their life. Ways to provide support and help to those individuals include:
- Start a bake sale or craft sale to raise money to financially help those who are suffering from hospital bills, utility bills, etc.
- Organize a 5k to have people come together to learn more about lung cancer and to support those who have fallen victim to this illness.
- Start an organization to give back to those who have been stuck in a hospital for days, weeks, months.
- Host a Shine a Light event which is aimed to bring awareness to one of the deadliest cancers out there. You will be provided with a kit of items and materials to share with your event goers. Contact Maggie with Lung Cancer Alliance at email@example.com.
If you have any concerns on whether you may be at risk or want to get preventative help, go see your primary care physician who will be able to help you out and provide you with taking the next steps to living a long and healthy life!
Melissa Weisenberger, B.S.
Live Your LifeTM
Bringing Physical Therapy & Wellness to You!
Melissa Weisenberger graduated from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and minors in Human Resources, Marketing, & Psychology. She is passionate about the Physical Therapy world & strives to help individuals get back to the living they deserve and doing the things they love. In her personal life, Melissa loves to be outdoors, fishing, going on road trips & staying active.
“Key Statistics for Lung Cancer.” American Cancer Society, 5 January 2017 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-small-cell-lung-cancer/about/key-statistics.html Accessed 3 Nov 2017.
“Shine a Light on Lung Cancer 2017.” Lung Cancer Alliance, http://lungcanceralliance.org/get-involved/events/shine-a-light-on-lung-cancer-2017/ Accessed 3 Nov 2017.