January is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Date Posted: 20.01.2013
Lung cancer awareness: The Irish Cancer Society is launching its lung cancer awareness campaign for January today and is encouraging everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to contact their GP or call the National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700) if they are concerned. According to the most recent data 2,227 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in 2010 in Ireland, making it the fourth most common cancer after breast, prostate and bowel cancer.
Lung cancer - what you should know
Lung cancer is the fourth most common cancer, with about people diagnosed every year. Sadly, more Irish men and women die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.
Protect yourself from lung cancer
In Ireland and in Europe about 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some stage in their life. The good news is that due to better treatments and earlier detection, survival rates are improving all the time. However, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer. At the same time, you can lead a healthier lifestyle.
1. If you smoke, plan to quit
2. If you drink alcohol, cut down on the amount you drink
3. Eat a healthy diet by increasing your daily intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and by eating a range of foods low in fat and high in fibre
4. Be a healthy weight by being more active every day and eating less fatty foods
5. Avoid exposure to hazardous substances like radon gas and certain chemicals, including asbestos. Keep safe at work and at home by following health and safety guidelines
6. Be physically active
7. See your doctor if you notice a lump, a sore that does not heal, a mole on your skin that changes in shape, size or colour or bleeds.
8. See your doctor if you have ongoing problems, like a cough or hoarseness, a change in bowel or bladder habits or an unexplained weight loss
For more information on lung cancer download our magazine "Look After Your Lungs" (PDF, 3.83MB), or visit our dedicated lung cancer pages within our Cancer Information section.