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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Morgan Jez, Reporter

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November is lung cancer awareness month. Each year, more than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer. More than 160,000 people die from lung cancer every year. Out of all the strains of cancer in the world, lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined.  Many people know that lung cancer is mainly caused by smoking. Besides smoking, lung cancer is caused by secondhand smoking and asbestos. Secondhand smoking is where someone does not actually smoke, but they inhale the smoke. Asbestos is a mineral that can cause lung cancer through exposure.

Lung cancer mainly affects people from ages 41 to ages 60 plus. The lung cancer awareness ribbon is white. On average, 20.4 million dollars is raised for lung cancer research each year. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women.  Lung cancer kills about 160,340 people a year, but more than 350,000 live with this terrible disease.  Lung cancer is a serious disease that affects millions of Americans. As a country, more time, money, and effort should be placed on lung cancer research and prevention.

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lung-cancer/basics/definition/con-20025531

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