Do you know which cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? It kills more Americans than breast, colon, and prostate cancers…combined. Yet we are still very far behind in advancing early detection methods, finding new treatments, and generating awareness of this deadly cancer. We’re talking about lung cancer.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month so we thought this would be a great time to shed some light on the social psychology about lung cancer—the myths, stigmas, and shame that is often associated with it. We briefly covered this topic before when we discussed low dose CT scans last November, but we feel it’s important to revisit this topic given that recent studies indicate 3 in 4 people have a negative bias towards people with lung cancer, according to an initiative called The Lung Cancer Project.
Another recent study by The Lung Cancer Project found that 68% of Stage IV cancer patients who never receive care are lung cancer patients. Those are startling statistics. It seems there is a lot of misconception out there.