November Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 16)*
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Family Caregiver Month
Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Great American Smokeout   Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Net Cancer Day Caregivers (1)

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one killer of women in the US killing more than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. It is overlooked as the number one killer and overshadowed by breast cancer and the publicity that breast cancer gets. 20% of women that get lung cancer have never smoked, but smoking is still the number one cause of lung cancer. 

It is important to recognize that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. There are many causes and just because someone has lung cancer doesn't mean that they were a smoker. Lung cancer has a false stigma attached because of the perception that many have about smoking being the sole reason someone may have lung cancer. 

What can you do to help raise awareness for lung cancer and educate people about the risks and symptoms? Check the Lungevity Website for ideas for things you can do. They have literature to hand out, a calendar of events happening, and many ways you can get involved in helping to raise the awareness and seriousness of lung cancer. 

Lung Cancer Alliance.org has a Facebook Profile Picture Frame like this:

Mom Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness shirts, ribbons, jewelry, etc.

The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:

*A cough that does not go away or gets worse.
*Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
*Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
*Hoarseness.
*Weight loss and loss of appetite.
*Shortness of breath.
*Feeling tired or weak.

Be aware of the symptoms and see your Doctor quickly for anything that is suspicious. Lung cancer, when caught early, is much easier to control than when it reaches late stages.

Connect with some of the most active users on the WhatNext site with lung cancer Here.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most difficult cancers to control. Too often it is caught too late when treatment options are limited and survival chances are lessened. However, there are many people on the WhatNext site that have had pancreatic cancer in all stages, and many are doing great. 

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is November 16th. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action.Org website: It is a time of the year when we have the most voices speaking about out pancreatic cancer. Learn more about ways you can participate so you can help us raise awareness and funds during November. Follow the links below for tips, resources, and information. 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Org

More great information on awareness events and educational material can be found on the PanCan.Org site.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness products, shirts, bracelets, books

Connect with the most active users with pancreatic cancer Here.

The Great American Smokeout

This is held on the third Thursday of November, this year on the 16th. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. 

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. Show your support for the event with some of these stickers

National Family Caregivers Month

NFCM is meant to recognize the often thankless work that millions of people do to keep their families running and their loved ones cared for. It is estimated that more than $450 billion dollars worth of caregivers time is given each year by family members taking care of their loved ones in need. We, as cancer patients, can certainly appreciate the value of having someone there to help us through the trying times we face. Many cancer patients simply could not stay at home and handle the whole cancer treatment process without having caregivers. 

The Caregiver Action Network is a website designed to honor caregivers and help them with resources to help them better care for their loved ones. 

Neuroendocrine Tumor Day

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) is the umbrella term for a group of unusual, often slow growing cancers, which develop from cells in the diffuse endocrine systems. They are found most commonly in the lung or gastrointestinal system, but they can arise in other parts of the body, such as the pancreas, ovary and testes, among other sites. For more information check out the great site at NetCancerDay.Org. You can join their social media campaign, pledge your support and get a Net Cancer Day ribbon to use as your profile pic. 

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For more information on these cancers and others, check our Diagnoses Page at WhatNext.com, we have valuable information on most cancers that people face everyday. We also have patients, caregivers, and survivors that have been through them that are available to help you through your fight with it. As everyone says, "you can't understand it if you haven't been through it." We have over 50 thousand people that have been through it and they get it. Ask the questions you need, and get the answers you want. 

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