Family Health: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas is recognizing November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The organization along with state health officials met today in the State Capitol rotunda to commemorate the month.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Arkansas and in the United States.

More people die from the disease than prostate, colorectal and breast cancer combined.

“When you think about lung cancer, it’s a man made disease. 85 percent to 95 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Smoking kills 480,000 people a year so when you add those two and two together, and don’t get four, there is something wrong,” says Katherine Donald.

Donald says African Americans are 37 percent more likely to develop lung cancer and are 22 percent more likely to die from it.

She says Arkansans cannot sit idly by and wait for these numbers to decrease.

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