For many people, November means apple cider, pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving. In the health and medical field, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which emphasizes education and awareness about lung cancer and other cancers that affect the airways, such as mesothelioma.
Help this year by making November a month to educate others about mesothelioma and lung cancer by participating in Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Learning the facts about mesothelioma, its symptoms, and its causes can help patients, family members, and friends better understand the disease and advocate for the community.
Pleural mesothelioma is caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers in the air. The fibers then become trapped in the lining of the chest, where over the years they begin to irritate the tissue that leads to cancer. Not everyone exposed to asbestos will develop mesothelioma, but those who often do are not diagnosed until decades after exposure. The treatment protocol for pleural mesothelioma is similar to that of lung cancer.
People who live with pleural mesothelioma, or who care for someone with cancer, know that educating the public about the struggles facing patients with rare diseases often requires a focused effort from organizations, government, the medical community and many volunteers.
Early detection of mesothelioma is important
With a vision of “a world where no one dies of lung cancer”, LONGevity is 100% focused on increasing and improving lung cancer survival rates. In addition, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization is committed to building and sustaining a community for everyone affected by lung cancer and through “accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments,” the organization aims to provide an immediate impact on quality of life and survival in lung cancer patients.
The key to increasing life expectancy in mesothelioma control is early detection. When treating mesothelioma patients, the best outcome is achieved with early detection of the disease by increasing treatment options and improving the patients’ quality of life while fighting the cancer.
“LUNGevity strongly believes that everyone can drive progress and change for people affected by the disease, whether through research funding, mentoring a fellow lung cancer patient, or organizing and participating in events and activities to fundraising and awareness”, as stated in the 2016 press release that kicked off the awareness month.
Know What Questions to Ask Your Doctor for Mesothelioma
According to the American Lung Association, “The diagnosis of mesothelioma is very serious and can be overwhelming and profoundly affect all aspects of life.” The ALA recommends that you be actively prepared for any healthcare visit by writing down questions to ensure you get everything you need during the short visit and that your family and caregivers are thoroughly informed about your needs. and needs.
- What is the goal of the treatment you propose? Is the intent to cure me of the disease or manage its symptoms?
- What are the side effects of the proposed treatment and how will they affect my quality of life?
- Am I a candidate for one? clinical trial?
- What are my palliative care options to address my shortness of breath and pain?
- Can you help me and my family make decisions about how I will be treated at the end of my life?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women with an estimated 222,500 new diagnoses and 155,870 deaths in 2017, according to the National Cancer Institute. Nearly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
Visit ‘Faces of Mesothelioma’ to read stories from mesothelioma survivors and their family members about how mesothelioma has affected their lives.