November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Contact: Louise DuPont

 

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To raise awareness and provide support opportunities the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host The Lunch and Learn Educational Series. Information about lung cancer, available resources, and coping strategies will be provided. The program will include short talks on various cancer-related topics and a resource fair. The events take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 in the lobby of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building on the UK campus. A box lunch will be provided.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2004) -- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America today, and Kentucky is ranked number one in the nation in the incidence of lung cancer. Lung cancer is currently the second most commonly diagnosed cancer for both sexes, and accounts for 28 percent of all cancer deaths.

The most prevalent risk factors for lung cancer are tobacco use, secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos, pollution, and lung disease. Cigarette smoking is by far the most significant risk factor in the development of lung cancer. Cigarette smoking accounts for nearly 90 percent of all lung cancers. Radon is reported as the second leading cause of the disease, with exposure to industrial chemicals and asbestos the third.

Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. There are some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit.
  • Avoid places where people are smoking.
  • Test your home for radon gases and asbestos.
  • Do not work or live in places that contain asbestos.

To raise awareness and provide support opportunities the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host The Lunch and Learn Educational Series. Information about lung cancer, available resources, and coping strategies will be provided. The program will include short talks on various cancer-related topics and a resource fair. The events take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 in the lobby of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building on the UK campus. A box lunch will be provided. To register, call (859) 323-5478.


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