Lung cancer has one of the highest incidences in the world.
Research conducted by Cancer Research UK shows that lung cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Europe, with more than 410,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012 alone (12% of the total cancers types diagnosed that year).
Lung cancer is also recorded by Cancer Research UK as being the most common cancer diagnosed worldwide with nearly 1,825,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012 (13% of the total cancer types diagnosed that year).
It is estimated that lung cancer accounts for nearly one in five cancer deaths globally. Sadly the UK saw 46,403 new cases of lung cancer in 2014 alone.
Historically, lung cancer was a rare disease but since the early 20th century its prevalence has increased dramatically.
The increase in lung cancer diagnoses is commonly attributed to tobacco smoking, though recent studies have shown that the critical risk factor is the long term inhalation of a variety of carcinogenic materials and substances, not tobacco smoke alone.
Mesothelioma is a common form of lung cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos. The UK has the highest mesothelioma rate in Europe and the second highest incidence in the world, after the United States.
Other common causes of lung cancer include exposure to radon and exposure to coke and coal fumes, to name but a few.
On the 1st of August each year the American College of Chest Physicians, alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), commemorates, celebrates, and supports those affected by lung cancer.
1st August 2017 will be the sixth World Lung Cancer Day to be celebrated.
FIRS joins the grassroots efforts of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement to improve understanding of lung cancer risks, as well as encouraging early treatment. These key principles are essential in helping lower the incidence of lung cancer, leading to a cure of this devastating disease.
It is important that the principles behind World Lung Cancer Day are communicated worldwide. The promotion of this event will help the public and the media to understand that new research, diagnosis and treatment breakthroughs in the last 10 years have brought new hope to lung cancer patients and their families and that, with continued research, one day a cure will be found.
You can help spread the word about World Lung Cancer Day by joining the organisers’ Facebook group and sharing the page with your friends. The World Lung Cancer Day Facebook page gives details of the event, what you can do to support it, and gives lung cancer patients and their families a forum to network and voice their concerns.
The World Lung Cancer Day organisers are also asking people to wear a white ribbon on August 1st in support of the event.
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) also supports the World Lung Cancer Study Day. The IASLC has produced a series of fact sheets focusing on lung cancer in different regions around the world and these have been translated into several different languages so a wider audience can benefit from them. Details of the IASLC and the resources it offers to lung cancer patients can be found here.
You can support the IASLC by joining its Facebook page.
Boyes Turner are committed to helping find a cure for lung cancer and regularly raise vital funds for lung cancer charities such as Mesothelioma UK and MacMillan Cancer Support.
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