World Lung Cancer Day

August 1 of every year is considered as the World Lung Cancer Day. Lung cancer persists to be one of the most regular cancers worldwide, claiming more lives every year than prostate, breast, and Colon cancers combined. It is calculated that lung cancer values for nearly one in five cancer deaths around the World. In 2012, there were 1.8 million recently diagnosed cases of lung cancer. The American College of Chest Physicians (Commonly called as CHEST), alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), celebrates, commemorates, and supports those impacted by the lung cancer. FIRS join the grassroots efforts of the lung cancer association to raise awareness about the lung cancer and its global impact, generating an educational movement of learning lung cancer risks as well as early treatment globally.

History of World Lung Cancer Day

Lung cancer was a rare disease in beginning of the 20th century, but its incidence has progressively increased with increased smoking, and it has become the most typical type of cancer in the world. The lung cancers account for 12.8% of cancer cases and 17.8% of deaths from cancer worldwide. Lung cancer is an entirely preventable disease. The elements that play a role in cancer development includes tobacco product, industrial products (uranium, radiation, asbestos) air pollution, and nutritional insufficiencies. Recent studies have shown that the critical factor boosting the risk of lung cancer is the long-term respiration of carcinogenic substances.

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World Lung Cancer Day

Epidemiologic case-control studies by the late 1950s proved that smoking was strongly correlated with the lung cancer. The first conclusions that smoking was a cause of lung cancer were published in the year 1962. Smoking is the reason for developing lung cancer by 94%. The risk of lung cancer is 24-36 times higher in smokers than in non-smokers. The risk is 3.5% to passive smoking. Age to start smoking, a period of smoking, the number of cigarettes smoked, and type of tobacco and smoke have an influence on the risk of developing lung cancer.

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World Lung Cancer Day

The IASLC World Conference on the Lung Cancer (WCLC) is the world’s largest meeting given to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. More than 7,000 representatives come from more than 100 countries to discuss the latest developments in the thoracic malignancy research. Attendees include surgeons, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, basic research scientists, epidemiologists, nurses and allied health professionals and patients as well.

Other Celebrations on August 1

August 1 is also celebrated as

Celebrate World Lung Cancer Day

It is essential that IASLC members help communicate the huge threat lung cancer acts around the world. They seek help from the public and the media to understand that new research, diagnosis and treatment breakthroughs in the last ten years have brought new hope to the patients and their families. To help spread the message about the lung cancer, the IASLC created a series of fact slides focusing on different regions globally and have translated them into several different languages as well. You could look up some of these and inform your friends and family about the risks and factors contributing them.

Show your support and make others aware by #WorldLungCancerDay Hashtag. Spend time and create awareness about the Lung Cancer on World Lung Cancer Day.

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