November’s a busy month. There’s Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, etc, etc. But November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. As someone who thankfully doesn’t know anyone who’s suffering from this particular form of cancer, I had to do some research to acquaint myself with it, and my findings surprised me.
Did you know that 90% of lung cancer cases are the result of smoking? And that it is more deadly than the next four most dangerous forms of cancer combined? And that over $10 billion dollars are spent every year to treat lung cancer patients? These numbers are staggering to say the least, but unlike some cancers that are as much inherited as they are related to carcinogens, these figures also give me hope. If more awareness is raised about the heightened probability of those who smoke getting lung cancer, and how low the probability is if you don’t, we could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
The time to wear a white awareness ribbons to start the conversation not only about lung cancer, but about quitting smoking, or better yet, never starting at all, is now. Smoking is not only dangerous, it’s also an expensive habit, and for those who quit, the benefits are nearly immeasurable.
So while I may not know anyone with lung cancer, I know my fair share of smokers, so I’m going to wear white awareness ribbons for that reason. Cut your risk of lung cancer by 90% by just stopping smoking. Not only will your friends and family be happy, but your wallet will be too.