It is widely known that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, colored with lots of pink ribbons and pink events. Throughout the month we honor and celebrate those diagnosed with breast cancer and raise awareness of the most common type of cancer among women.
But, did you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month? Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer. One out of every ten men and one out of every fifteen women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. While the risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is higher for individuals who smoke, nonsmokers are also at risk.
Lung cancer, by far, is the leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer do not usually appear until the disease is in its advanced stages, making it difficult to treat and cure. Lung cancer awareness efforts center around education of the risk factors and early screening options. The American Lung Association hosts many Lung FORCE Walk/Runs in November, as well as throughout the year, to raise money for lung cancer research and support.
Wear a white cancer awareness ribbon this month if you want to show your support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. For more information about Lung Cancer Awareness Month visit: https://www.lung.org/lung-force/about-lung-force/featured-campaigns/lung-cancer-awareness-month
If you are interested in supporting any of the other Cancer Awareness Months visit: https://www.aacr.org/patients-caregivers/awareness-months/
The American Association for Cancer Research provides a calendar of all of the Cancer Awareness Months throughout the year.
The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program supports cancer survivors of all types throughout the year. Since the program’s inception in 2011, the YMCA of Greater Omaha has served over 1,000 cancer survivors in our community. During the program, participants receive one-on-one attention in a group setting, led by instructors specially trained in working with cancer survivors. Program goals include improving strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and overall quality of life.
If you would like more information about the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program or find a session near you, please visit our website: https://metroymca.org/wellness-programs/livestrong-at-the-ymca.