This year alone, lung cancer will claim 161,840 Americans’ lives. Moreover, according to federal government statistics, in 2004 more people died from lung cancer than from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Despite these glaring statistics, lung cancer seems to be one disease that people are less likely to think about, according to Ivy Tuason, program coordinator for the Lung Cancer Program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. There is a need to focus on fighting lung cancer, Tuason states.
Often times when dealing with lung cancer people will wait too long, at which point the cancer has already reached an advanced level, making it much more difficult to treat the cancer successfully. Even for those who may not wait too long, there is still no established screening process for lung cancer like there is for other forms such as breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
In an effort to bring much needed attention to lung cancer issues, November has been declared Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, rallies and fundraising events have been and continue to be held. Educational materials will and have been dispersed. In addition, it is encouraged that individual’s make their voices heard through media outlets and attempt to gain official attention for lung cancer with petitions, proclamations, and writing to your local representatives.