November 12, 2012 //
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and The American Cancer Society would like you to consider us as your primary resource for reporting about this important public health issue.
November 15 is the 37th Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society is marking the day by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
The American Cancer Society uses a multi-pronged approach to fight lung cancer: we help people quit and encourage them not to start; we offer support to those diagnosed with lung cancer and we fight for strong smoke-free legislation and higher tobacco taxes.
Lung Cancer Facts in Wisconsin
- This year, more than 4,000 people in Wisconsin will be diagnosed with lung cancer – that’s more than 11 people every day.
- This year, an estimated 3,000 people will die of lung cancer in Wisconisn – that’s more than 8 people every day.
- Lung cancer is expected to represent 13% of all new cancer cases in Wisconsin this year and 27% of all cancer deaths.
- As many Wisconsin residents die of lung cancer every year as prostate, breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.
- Nearly all lung cancers are preventable! Approximately 80% of lung cancers are caused directly by smoking, and many others are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Smoking on Track to Kill More than One Billion People Worldwide This Century
Tobacco use is the single-most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. In fact, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in this country.
Tobacco use is a worldwide health threat. “We have a major global industry producing a product that is lethal to at least half the people who use it. It will kill, if current trends continue, a billion people this century,” said American Cancer Society CEO Dr. John Seffrin at a recent World Oncology Forum.” It killed 100 million in the last century and we thought that was outrageous, but this will be the biggest public health disaster in the history of the world, bar none,” said Seffrin.
The American Cancer Society can connect you with survivors, researchers, physicians and community members conducting local Great American Smokeout activities that are committed to telling their stories.
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