Each year approximately 225,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Each year approximately 50,000 of all new cases will be adults under the age of 40. The 5-year survival rate is around 17%. More than half of patients with lung cancer will die within a year of diagnosis.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is over. Or is it…? It doesn’t matter how you got this terrible disease. But when a person says they have lung cancer the reaction is: Did you smoke? To that end, I learned to turn around their question/statement to “Can I ask you why you asked that?” moment. It goes back to that nagging stigma that so many of us are trying to change.

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