Health Days 2015

Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in November with the aim of achieving better results for patients and their families, by raising the level of awareness about lung cancer and its harms. Smoking or secondhand smoking is one of the main factors causing cancer.
Facts about Lung Cancer:
  • Lung Cancer is the most fatal form of cancers and it takes more lives than breast and prostate cancers combined.
  • There are 1.8 million cases of lung cancer diagnosed annually all over the world and 1.5 million deaths.
  • A person dies every 30 seconds somewhere in the world of lung cancer.
  • 40% of smokers who started smoking in their early teens are more likely to have lung cancer.
  • 1 to 10 persons with lung cancer may survive for 5 years after diagnosis, Allah willing.
  • New studies suggest that women smokers are more likely, by two times, to develop lung cancer than male smokers.
Objectives of the World Lung Cancer Month:
  • Raising awareness about the lung cancer.
  • Educating those at risk of lung cancer.
  • Raising awareness about smoking harms.
Internationally approved date: November 1st, 2015
Locally approved date: Muharram 19th, 1437H
Logo of the Lung Cancer Awareness Month:
Targeted Group:
  • Lung cancer patients and their families.
  • Smokers and secondhand smokers.
  • Health professionals including doctors, nurses and health educators.
  • Relevant health associations and organizations.
  • The public.
Objectives and general messages:
  • Identifying the ways that help to reduce the risk of lung cancer by changing a lifestyle and following a healthy diet.
  • Urging provision and promotion of health care for lung cancer patients and their families.
  • Promoting and raising health awareness about lung cancer in the world.
  • Promoting and raising health awareness about harms of smoking and secondhand smoking.
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Last Update : 22 October 2015 09:07 AM
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