Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. In fact, each year more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2019 are:
- About 228,150 new cases of lung cancer (116,440 in men and 111,710 in women)
- About 142,670 deaths from lung cancer (76,650 in men and 66,020 in women)
It is no secret that smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. About 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. Did you know, however, that if you quit smoking even after many years, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing lung cancer?
Of course, the best thing to do is to never start smoking. If you have children, talk to them about not smoking so that they can understand how to avoid this major risk factor for lung cancer. Begin conversations about the dangers of smoking with your children early so that they know how to react to peer pressure.
Approximately 10-15% of lung cancer patients are non-smokers. Factors that contribute to lung cancer in patients that never smoke include exposure to radon and carcinogens such as asbestos, exposure to second-hand smoke, and air pollution. Whether you are a smoker or not, check out this list of potential signs of lung cancer and follow-up with your doctor.
Want to get involved in supporting the fight against lung cancer? Visit the American Lung Association website for a list of upcoming events.
Pearson’s prescription plan covers both prescription and over-the-counter smoking cessation products at 100%. Visit your doctor and get a prescription, you’ll need one for over-the-counter products also and have it filled at the pharmacy counter.