Tobacco Use and Lung Cancer talking points
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
TOPIC: Tobacco Use and Lung Cancer - Laymen's Summary and Main Message
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month in many countries. We are asking you to help educate the media, the public, and even your own social circles about the health threat that lung cancer poses, and the hope that new treatments are providing to change the outcome for many patients.
Tobacco Use and Lung Cancer - Lay Summary and Main Messages to Communicate to Media and the Public.
- Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the world, killing more people than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined.
- Although smoking is by far the largest known cause of lung cancer, anyone can get lung cancer.
- 80-90% of lung cancer deaths could be completely avoided if people did not smoke cigarettes.
- If you do smoke, it is never too late to stop. Stopping smoking reduces the risk of developing lung cancer.
- In those diagnosed with lung cancer, continued smoking will interfere with the effectiveness of your cancer treatment. The sooner you stop the better off you will be.
- Most people who smoke are addicted to nicotine and would benefit from using approved stop smoking medications and receiving counseling to help support their quit attempt.
- Approved stop smoking medications include: nicotine patches, gum, lozenge, inhaler, and nasal spray; Chantix and Zyban. As of today, e-cigarettes are not an approved stop smoking medication.
- Studies have shown that many attempts and many different methods are often needed to finally quit smoking. If you have tried before, keep trying.
- Don’t be bashful, ask your doctor for help to stop smoking.
Ask your interviewer:
- Would you like to speak to a patient who has successfully quit?
- Would you like to speak to another member of the multi-disciplinary team involved here at our institution? A pathologist, surgeon, nurse, etc.
- Would you like to speak to additional experts who represent the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), which is the only international association dedicated to the study of lung cancer? If so, please contact Rob Mansheim (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be directed to these experts.
Continue the Conversation:
- Copy and use the following badge in your social media profiles and email signatures for the month of November:
- Follow IASLC on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest details and daily updates about Lung Cancer Awareness Month events and information. Facebook and Twitter.
- Join the conversation on social media using #LCAM and #LCAM14.
- View the IASLC key messages for the media on other topics featured during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
- Download the E-Cigarettes and Cancer Patients from IASLC website.
- Share this list of Advocacy Partners or Advocacy Events with your patients.