Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: helping employers and staff to look after their lungs

Not many of us realise that the type of cancer that claims the most lives in the UK is lung cancer.

Every year, it will kill almost 36,000 – more than the number of people killed by breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer combined.

So, it’s important that you look after your lungs.

Most of us know that most cases of lung cancer are linked to smoking. What fewer people may realise is that between 10% and 15% of people with lung cancer have never smoked. In fact, as many as 28% of all cases may not be related to smoking at all.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has always sought ways to promote better lung health, to prevent people from getting lung cancer, and to promote early detection of it.

We aim to get that message out nationwide during November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The key to successfully tackling lung cancer – to saving lives – is early detection. We aim to make people aware of the risks they run in their everyday lives; not just through smoking, but also through exposure to other risk factors.

Industrial settings can pose threats to lung health. Heavy plant or machinery may emit tiny particles of soot or carbon which can penetrate deep into the lungs, while exposure to dust or fumes can also cause damage. Over time, this could lead to lung cancer or other serious conditions.

Paul Nicholson spent 47 years driving tower cranes. In 2015 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy he was able to have his cancer removed. He made a full recovery and returned to work. Paul’s story shows the value of looking after your lungs.

If you’ve any concerns, go to your GP. The earlier a problem is diagnosed, the better options you have for treatment.

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