During the month of November, the National Lung Cancer Partnership and other organizations work together to help raise awareness for the alarming prevalence of lung cancer in the U.S.
Every year, one in 14 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, which is the second most common cancer among men and women. In fact, lung cancer takes more lives each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined.
In order to save lives and prevent the spread of such a deadly epidemic, lung cancer advocacy groups strongly urge smokers to give up smoking tobacco for good. Not only is smoking the leading cause of lung cancer, but it has also been linked to various other cancers throughout the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokers are at least 15 to 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer, and nearly 3,000 nonsmokers die each year from exposure to another person’s tobacco smoke.
The most important message of Lung Cancer Awareness Month is that taking preventative measures is not simply a month-long endeavor, but one that should last a lifetime. It is recommended that smokers and former smokers get annual screenings for lung cancer to catch it in its earliest stage, and medical professionals are reminded to always pay attention for signs of lung cancer in each patient. The earlier a patient can begin treatment, the higher his or her chances of surviving.
At Williams & Brown LLP, our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys are ready and able to help you on the road to recovery. Through a free consultation, we can determine the best course of action for your circumstances if you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of a failure to diagnose lung cancer. Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more.