Important Things to Know About Your Lungs This World Lung Cancer Day


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Key Takeaways

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths
  • Smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke is among the causes of lung cancer
  • Lung Cancer Day is observed to create awareness about the disease

Studies have found that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. In fact, it claims more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer is the most diagnosed cancer at 11.6% and is projected to reach 38% to 2.89 million by 2030. Specialists have found that those who smoke are more prone to developing lung cancer. However, it does occur in others as well. It is the most common type of cancer in men and the third most common in women.

Even though research, experiments, and breakthroughs continue in lung cancer treatment, unfortunately, it has the lowest survival rate. As such, taking the right precautions to prevent lung cancer are key, and this is what World Lung Cancer Day aims to create awareness about.

Read on to know important facts about Lung Cancer Day 2021 and tips on how you can prevent it from occurring.

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World Lung Cancer Day 2021 

Lung Cancer Awareness Day is observed every year on 1st August. It aims to educate people about the causes and treatment of lung cancer and the impact of inadequate funding for research. The World Lung Cancer Day campaign was first organized in the year 2012.

World Lung Cancer Day significance 

World Lung Cancer Day is important as its campaigns support all those diagnosed with lung cancer or recovering from it. Moreover, this day creates awareness of the disease so that people worldwide understand early detection. It also highlights the benefits of early treatment of lung cancer. As one of the most common types of cancer worldwide, the mission of this day is to offer support to those in need. The awareness drives help middle-income countries the most. In these parts of the world, the survival rate of lung cancer is the lowest, at 19%, compared to other major cancers.

Symptoms of lung cancer 

Educating people about the symptoms of lung cancer is one of the main objectives of Lung Cancer Day 2021. Here are some of the symptoms you should know about.  

  • Labored breathing or abnormal respiration 
  • Hemoptysis or coughing up blood 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headaches, pain in the chest, back, or bones
  • Hoarseness or a raspy, strained voice
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Buildup of mucus
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Causes of lung cancer 

This Lung Cancer Day, learn about the causes of lung cancer. This way, you can actively prevent it and help those around you too. Here is a quick overview of the common causes. 

  • Smoking 

Cigarettes are full of carcinogens. When inhaled, they damage the cells that serve as the lining in the lungs. Lung tissues get affected as soon you start smoking, but early damage can be cured naturally. Over time, the body can’t keep up, leading to lung cancer.

  • Secondhand smoke

Even if you don’t smoke, secondhand smoke is just as dangerous. It affects the lungs and increases the risk of lung cancer. This is why you should steer clear of smokers to avoid inhaling carcinogens.

  • Asbestos 

Exposure to carcinogens or cancer-causing substances like asbestos, chromium, nickel, or arsenic increases the risk of developing lung cancer. These are common in the workplace, especially if you work with chemicals, but they can also be present at home.

  • Radon gas 

The breakdown of uranium in soil, water, and rock produce radon, mixing with the air. Exposure to high levels of radon gas increases the risk of getting lung cancer as it damages your lungs.

  • Radiation therapy 

If you have undergone radiation therapy to treat any cancer, it increases your risk of getting lung cancer.

  • Family history 

Genetics do play a role in causing diseases. Studies show that a family history of lung cancer puts an individual at risk and increases your chances of developing it. [4]

Preventing lung cancer 

While you can’t guarantee prevention, you can work toward minimizing your risk. Here are a few great ways to reduce the risk of developing this deadly illness.  

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stay away from carcinogens
  • Check your home’s radon levels

This World Lung Cancer Day, be a part of the mission and spread awareness about the disease. Practice better lifestyle habits and inform your loved ones about the dangers of unhealthy habits. Be proactive about cancer screenings and do not ignore any symptoms of lung cancer. Book online lab tests and with specialists easily on Bajaj Finserv Health. Find the top healthcare centers in your area, and even access special discounts for affordable treatment. Avail quality care and a wealth of health-related resources at your fingertips today!

Published on 3 Aug 2021Last updated on 29 Apr 2022

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