Lung Cancer Awareness

 November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the time to raise awareness for lung cancer; the deadliest cancer with the lowest survival rate. The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) encourages you to take this opportunity to reflect on the terrible toll that lung cancer takes on Wisconsin families every year. To honor those taken by lung cancer and to prevent future deaths, NWTFC is reminding tobacco users that free resources are available to help them quit.

Lung cancer is now the number-one cause of cancer death for both men and women according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The report also shows that almost nine out of ten lung cancers are caused by smoking. Here are some more startling stats to consider

  • Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers – combined.
  • Lung cancer takes the lives of three times as many men as prostate cancer and takes the lives of twice as many women as breast cancer
  • Lung cancer has a 15% five year survival rate

While addiction can take a powerful hold on tobacco users it can be beaten with the help of free resources. We encourage individuals who smoke or use other tobacco products to call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free assistance. In addition to receiving personal coaching, Quit Line callers can also receive a starter pack of quit smoking medications.

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