Lung cancer awareness month

November is lung cancer awareness month.

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world with million new cases every year. The average time from diagnosis to death is just six months. The single most major risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco smoking, whether active or passive. Tobacco smoke is responsible for about 90% of lung cancers.
OMG.. i have to quit smoking my rokok daun now.. err stop to buy i mean.

What are the early signs and symptoms?

According to CancerHelp UK, the symptoms of lung cancer can be :

  • A cough that doesn?t go away after two to three weeks
  • Worsening of a long-standing cough
  • Persistent chest infections
  • Coughing blood
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained persistent tiredness or lack of energy
  • Unexplained persistent weight loss
  • Persistent chest and / or shoulder pain

Worldwide smoking statistics

Some facts:

  • Smoking-related diseases kill one in 10 adultsglobally, or cause four million deaths.
  • Every eight seconds someone dies from tobaccouse.
  • About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily, or 10million every minute.
  • Among World Health Organisation regions,the Western Pacific Region – which covers EastAsia and the Pacific – has the highest smokingrate, with nearly two-thirds of men smoking.
  • Among young teens worldwide – aged 13 to 15- about one in five smokes
  • Between 60,000 and 100,000 childrenworldwide start smoking everyday – roughlyhalf of whom live in Asia.
  • Half of long-term smokers will die of lungcancer, heart disease and chronic lung diseases.
  • More than 4,000 chemicals of which 2,000 aretoxic, 63 carcinogenic and the remainderirritants have been found in tobacco smoke.
  • Every cigarette smoked cuts at least fiveminutes of life on average.
  • 90% of all deaths from lung cancer and 30%of all cancer related deaths are from smoking

Information was sourced from the World Health Organisation, Regional Office For The Western Pacific

There are an estimated 4.6 million smokers in Malaysia. Of this figure about 8 per cent are students. Of the more than 4 million people who die every year globally from tobacco-related deaths at least 3,000 are Malaysians who succumb to lung cancer, heart disease and chronic lung diseases.

Everyday at least 8 Malaysians die from tobacco-related diseases. Everyday about 45 to 50 Malaysian teenagers like 80,000 to 100,000 other youths around the world start smoking.

So, lets start smoking and be in the statistic. Don’t worry there are still space availabe in the graveyard.