Celebration of World Lung Cancer Day on 1 August

World Lung Cancer Day honors, supports and remembers individuals who have been affected by lung cancer. The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Forum of International Respiratory Societies recognize, honor, and assist those affected by lung cancer on World Lung Cancer Day, August 1.

According to the World Health Organization(WHO), lung cancer is the most prevalent disease in the world, accounting for 1.8 million new cases in 2012 and resulting in close to one in five cancer deaths.

The program also seeks to clarify important symptoms and screening possibilities. Changes in mucus, back or chest pain, blood in the cough, and trouble swallowing are all symptoms.

What is Lung Cancer?

One type of cancer that begins in the lungs is lung cancer. When the nerves start to proliferate out of control, cancer develops. Lung cancer develops when lung cells divide too rapidly, which leads to the growth of tumors. The ability to breathe can be affected by tumors, and they have the potential to spread to other bodily areas.

Basically, Lung Cancer has two types:

1) small cell lung cancer
2) non-small cell lung cancer

Healthy cells within the body often pass away at a specific point in their life cycle, preventing an accumulation of excess cells. But in cancer, cells keep dividing and growing. Tumors arise as a result. Anyone can get lung cancer, although the risk can be raised by smoking cigarettes, being around smoke, inhaling chemicals, or being around other poisons.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Sometimes there are no indications or symptoms of lung cancer. A chest x-ray taken for another condition can reveal it.

If you such kind of symptoms then consult with Doctor:

  • Chest pain or agony
  • A persistent cough that progressively becomes worse
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swoosh or Wheezing
  • Huskiness or throatiness
  • Sputum with blood 
  • Loss of weight with no apparent cause
  • Reduced appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Dysphagia or swallowing difficulties
  • Veins in the neck or swelling of the face

How can Lung Cancer diagnose?

Your doctor may use a variety of instruments to reach a diagnosis. Regular body checkup is also can help in diagnosing lung cancer. Every person should take regular body checkups for a healthy life. It can help you to know early if you have any serious problems with your health.   

Below are some ways to diagnose lung cancer:

  • A health record that asks about your symptoms as well as your general health.
  • Any family history of these kinds of diseases.
  • A physical examination of complete health.
  • Lab tests, including the trial of your blood and sputum
  • Imaging studies, such as a chest x-ray or chest CT scan
  • sample of the lung examined

If you have lung disease, your doctor will perform more tests to determine how widely it has spread throughout the body, including the lymph glands, lungs, and other organs. Staging describes everything. Your doctor can choose the appropriate treatment option for you by considering the type and stages of lung disease you have.

Treatments after Diagnose

The majority of people who have lung cancer are not cured by existing treatments. The form of lung cancer you have, the severity of its spread, your general health, and other factors will all affect how you are treated.

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Treatment for small cell lung cancer

Here are some key points and information about Small Cell Lung Cancer:

  • Small cell lung cancer is a condition in which the tissues of the lungs develop carcinogenic (cancer) cells.
  • The most significant risk factor for small cell lung cancer is smoking.
  • Coughing and breathing difficulty are small cell lung cancer indicators.
  • Small cell lung cancer is identified and staged through examinations of the lungs during tests and procedures.
  • The prognosis (chances of recovery) and available treatments are influenced by several factors.
  • The majority of patients with small cell lung cancer are not cured by existing therapy.

Treatment Methods for Small Cell Lung Cancer

There are some types of standard treatments used:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser therapy, Which uses the laser to kill cancer cells
  • Endoscopic stent placement, the stent aids in clearing a clogged airway caused by aberrant tissue.

Treatment Methods for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Here are some key points and information about Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

  • Cancer can spread throughout the body in three different forms.
  • From the initial site of the disease, it may migrate to other body parts.
  • Non-small cell lung cancer is classified into the following:
    a) Occult (hidden) stage

b) Stage 0
c) Stage 1
d) Stage 2
e) Stage 3
f) Stage 4

Treatment Methods for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

There are some types of standard treatments used for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Cryosurgery
  • Electrocautery

Clinical trials are being used to explore new treatment modalities some are listed below:

  • Radiosensitizers
  • New combinations

Prevention Tips for Lung Disease

  • Quit smoking as soon as possible.
  • Avoid sharing smoking that transfers harmful viruses.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and routine.
  • Exercising regularly will help you to live healthily.
  • Avoid any kind of exposure to toxic chemicals and harmful drugs.

History of Lung Cancer

World Lung Cancer Day’s History Beginning of the 20th century, lung cancer was a rare condition, but as smoking rates rose, the disease’s prevalence gradually grew, becoming lung cancer the most frequent form of cancer worldwide. 12% of incidents and 17.8% of cancer deaths around the world are caused by lung cancer. Lung cancer is a condition that can be avoided.

Over the past several years, lung cancer treatment choices have considerably improved, and survival rates are improving.

Talking to your healthcare professional is one of the initial measures you should take to preserve your health. Review the health records of your family. They urge the general and the press to recognize that in the past 10 years, scientific discoveries in research, diagnosis, and therapy have given patients and their loved ones new hope.


The IASLC developed a series of documentation concentrating on various geographical areas of the world and has translated them into a number of different languages in order to aid in spreading the word about lung cancer. You might check some of these and tell your friends and relatives about the dangers and things that cause them.

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