Letter: Fighting lung cancer

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

As a lung cancer survivor I would like people to be aware that November is Lung Cancer Survivor and Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women and accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. People who smoke or don’t smoke can get lung cancer, but no one deserves to die from it. If you were or are a long-term smoker you should ask your doctor if you qualify for an often free and painless CT scan to screen for lung cancer. As lung cancer is so deadly and often does not have symptoms until discovered too late, it is important to try to find any cancer early. If you have a cough that won’t go away or trouble breathing please make a doctor’s appointment as early detection is a way to help survive lung cancer.