November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This all started as Lung Cancer Awareness Day back in 1995. As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and grew into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Smoking cigarettes is the cause of an estimated 80-90 percent of lung cancer cases.

Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in Armenia among men.

Lung cancer risk can be lowered in several ways:

  • Don’t smoke. Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. A recent study suggests vaping may cause lung cancer, as well.
  • Be aware of secondhand smoke. Smoke from other people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars causes lung cancer in adults who have never smoked; it increases their risk of getting lung cancer by 20% to 30%.
  • Get your home tested for radon. It’s a gas you can’t smell, taste, or see that comes naturally from rocks and soil.
  • Get screened. Screening for lung cancer involves a painless diagnostic test using a low-dose computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan to visualize abnormalities in the lungs.