Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2022

Information from the IASLC about Lung Cancer Awareness
Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2022

IASLC Position Statement on Air Pollution & Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a complicated disease with many causes. Among them are tobacco smoke, radon, and asbestos. However, one largely overlooked cause is the relationship between air pollution and lung cancer. 

There have been numerous basic, translational, and epidemiological studies demonstrating that air pollution causes approximately 14% of lung cancer cases worldwide. A substantial body of evidence regarding air pollution and risk of mortality comes from survival studies of cohorts that evaluated air pollution-mortality associations while controlling for important risk factors. Several epidemiological studies have shown that people living in areas with high air pollution are more likely to die of lung cancer than those who do not, including people who have never smoked.

Related Environmental Resources

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IASLC Language Guide

In line with the IASLC Equity Statement and in step with the ASCO Language of Respect, we are proud to announce the release of the IASLC Language Guide. The guide was established to instill best practices with commonly used phrases related to patient care. The IASLC will be folding the language found in the guide into all aspects of thoracic oncology education, from abstracts to faculty guidelines to podium presentations. 

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Jill Feldman Discusses the IASLC Language Guide
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JILL FELDMAN ON IMPROVING TOBACCO CESSATION AMONG INDIVIDUALS UNDERGOING LUNG CANCER SCREENING

IASLC Position Statement on Tobacco Cessation After a Cancer Diagnosis

Tobacco use is a well-established cause of cancer and contributes to about 1 in 3 cancer deaths. Whereas the harmful effects of smoking on health are well recognized, the negative impacts of continued smoking after a diagnosis of cancer are under appreciated. The substantial body of research reviewed in the 2014 US Surgeon General’s Report concluded that smoking by cancer patients and survivors causes adverse outcomes, including increased overall mortality and cancer-related mortality, greater risk of a second primary cancer, and associations with substantially worse toxicity from cancer treatments. The clinical effects of smoking after a diagnosis of cancer also substantially increase the cost of cancer care. The 2020 US Surgeon General’s Report reported that smoking cessation after a cancer diagnosis is associated with improved survival, and quitting smoking provides significant benefits for non-cancer-related health outcomes. 

Presentations & Talks

Evolving Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Beyond Tobacco

Cover for LCAM 22 Talk #1

During #LCAM22, the IASLC shares the Evolving Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Beyond Tobacco presented during #WCLC22. This engaging 1-hour global session highlights air pollution, radon, asbestos, risk prediction in never-smokers, & more.

Fact of the Day

LCAM 23 Day 3 fact