Many of us are no strangers to the effects of cancer and how it can drastically change a life. This is why on August 1st of every year, those who have suffered the effects of lung cancer, whether it’s directly or indirectly, are celebrated, commemorated, and supported. Lung cancer is one of the most popular types of cancer, if not the most popular, with 2.09 million people being diagnosed in 2018 alone. Those numbers only continue to rise as issues such as smoking become worse of an issue.

What is World Lung Cancer Day?

World Lung Cancer Day was created to bring awareness to those who might be suffering without help. Smoking is an extremely common habit that plagues people of all ages, including children. Even if someone used to smoke and hasn’t for years, they’re still at risk of getting lung cancer down the road because of it. August 1st is used as a day to make sure people know that there is cancer screening and early treatment available. Lung cancer can be beaten if it’s diagnosed early enough. However, many people wait even with symptoms popping up and their pain and suffering could be avoided.

What Are The Causes of Lung Cancer?

Although it has been mentioned that smoking is one of the largest contributing culprits for lung cancer, there are other factors that play a part. Other causes of lung cancer include genetics and the environment. If someone is in an area where they’re constantly exposed to items such as asbestos, uranium, arsenic, and the like, they’re at a huge risk for lung cancer as well. There have been many steps taken to reduce these contaminants from workplaces, homes, and public places. However, it’s often those who were around it before these measures were enacted that are the sufferers.

If your family has a history of lung cancer and these issues weren’t really present, it could be a genetics role that is causing the cancer. This isn’t as common, but it does happen and is a real threat. This is why it’s so important to do cancer screenings. Whether you know your family history or you don’t or whether you smoke or used to smoke, it doesn’t matter. It’s worth the effort to do a quick screening to make sure, one way or the other.

How Can I Help?

Get yourself tested and urge your friends and family to do the same. Learning about key signs and symptoms could not only help you one day, but friends and family as well. As technology advances, so do the survival rates. The best way to help someone survive and beat lung cancer is by making sure they get early detection. Lung cancer was the result of 1.76 million deaths in 2018. Let’s help reduce that number by raising awareness and not just on August 1st, but on every day.