Today marks the 9th Annual World Lung Cancer Day (WLCD).
The inaugural WLCD was initiated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies in 2012 as a campaign to celebrate, commemorate & support people affected by lung cancer all over the world.
On the day and in the lead up to it, members of the international lung health community including the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in the U.S. host various events to raise awareness and educate about the disease risk factors as well as encourage people to seek screening tests for early diagnosis and improved prognoses.
According to the World Health Organisation, lung cancer is the most common form of cancer globally, with more than 2 million new cases diagnosed annually and just over 1.75 million deaths. Each year, the disease claims more lives yearly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined and in the US alone it is estimated that one person dies from lung cancer every 4 minutes.
Smoking tobacco remains the number 1 risk factor for lung cancer, but it’s not the only factor with family history and environmental exposure to carcinogens also playing a significant role in disease onset.
You can read more about lung cancer at Cancer Health’s Lung Cancer page and related links on their website.
What’s Happening This Year?
This year, the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) is supporting WLCD by raising awareness through its dedicated Speakers Bureau and Young Investigators.
These people will share their stories about what it means to live with lung cancer and how research within lung cancer has made a difference. You can read their stories here and hear them live on social media when they take over LCFA’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram profiles for the day (#WLCD2021)
Cancer is a part of life and this day is for everyone. You can easily get involved in WLCD just by following the online events and discussions, and taking part to spread the word about lung cancer. See the full schedule right here and make sure to use some of the hashtags #worldlungcancerday, #wlcd, #LivingWithLungCancer, #LivingWithLungCancer when posting on social media.