November marks the start of lung cancer awareness month (LCAM). The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is leading a joint effort among a number of non-profit lung cancer patient advocacy organizations and individuals. This effort is designed to produce a coordinated, harmonized public awareness campaign for LCAM in November 2016.
A critical part of this campaign is to share and promote the stories of lung cancer survivors, caregivers, and families of those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. These stories will be displayed on the campaign’s brand new website www.lcam.org. They will also be shared on Twitter and Facebook feeds that have been set up specifically for the campaign. IASLC’s hope is that this effort will be maintained and expanded upon in subsequent years.
The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can include:
- a new cough that has persisted for 3 weeks or more
- a changed cough
- coughing up blood
- a chest infection that won’t go away
- chest pain and/or shoulder pain
- shortness of breath
- hoarse voice
- weight loss or loss of appetite
Learn more about lung cancer awareness month from the IALC website.