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National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted Jun 19 2009 10:13pm
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The Northern California Cancer Center tells us that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and occurs even in non-smokers. It also occurs differently among ethnic groups.

New data supports the idea that women are more likely than men to have non-smoking-associated lung cancer.

Asian-Americans are found to have lower incidence rates of non-small cell lung cancer than whites, with South Asians having the lowest rates. Researchers have also found that foreign-born Asians have a higher rate than U.S.-born Asians, which may be due to factors other than smoking, especially among women.

What You Can Do:

Don't ever smoke or stop smoking if you do. While it's possible to get lung cancer even if you don't smoke, smoking causes more than 80% of lung cancer deaths.

- NCI Smoking Quitline 1-877-44U-QUIT; TTY: 1-800-332-8615. Call within the US, Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

Avoid exposure to radon gas, asbestos, or areas of high air pollution, including second-hand smoke

Consider getting screened with a chest x-ray or spiral CT scan. If there is a history of lung cancer in your family and you have habits or symptoms that suggest you have a higher risk of lung cancer. As with most cancers, early detection can increase chances for survival.

Support more research of this deadly disease. NCCC Scientists are currently seeking funding to study risk factors for in Asian and Latina women who have never smoked. Identifying risk factors can inform the study of lung cancer in all groups, leading to more effective prevention.
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