Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2022

Every November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month is observed in the UK. The campaign’s aim is to encourage people who are exhibiting typical lung cancer symptoms to see their GP. The most prevalent cancer in the world is lung cancer, with 48,549 new cases and 34,771 deaths from the disease between 2017-2019 in the UK. Early diagnosis can significantly impact outcomes and it is imperative that everyone is aware of the signs of lung cancer. 

Lung cancer can affect anyone, it does not discriminate, and it is therefore crucial that everyone is aware of the warning signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms to look out for are: 

  • Persistent cough that lasts more than 2 or 3 weeks 
  • Reoccurring chest infections 
  • Persistent breathlessness 
  • Ache or pain when breathing or coughing 
  • Unexplained tiredness or lack of energy 
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss 
  • Coughing up blood 
  • Hoarseness in your voice 

It’s a common misconception that only those who smoke get lung cancer. Unfortunately, people who have never smoke can develop lung cancer too. However, smoking is the most frequent cause. This is due to the fact that it necessitates routine inhalation of more than 60 different toxic substances that are known to cause cancer. Other causes of lung cancer can be: 

  • Passive smoking 
  • Occupational exposure and pollution: Randon, arsenic, asbestos, silica, nickel, beryllium, cadmium and coal and coke fumes
  • Diesel fumes 
  • Poor diet 
  • Lack of exercise 

Prevention of Lung Cancer 

The best way to prevent lung cancer is if you smoke, to give up the habit as soon as you can. It’s always worthwhile to stop smoking, regardless of how long you have done it. Your risk of developing major diseases like lung cancer lowers each year you stop smoking. Your risk of acquiring lung cancer drops to half that of a smoker after ten years of quitting. 

A balanced diet 

Choose a low-fat, high-fibre diet that includes a range of fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains. The best source of vitamins and nutrients come from food. 


Regular exercise may significantly reduce the chance of developing lung cancer and other cancers. 

It’s common to feel overwhelmed and frightened after receiving a cancer diagnosis. It might be beneficial to discuss feelings and worries with family, friends or healthcare professionals. There are also a number of organisations who can offer support and guidance: 

We can assist if you or a member of your family has gotten lung cancer and you think asbestos or other occupational chemical may have had a role in the development of the disease. We have a team of specialist industrial disease Solicitors who have experience in helping people get compensation for various illness, including those who have lost a loved one due to a condition. 



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