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“Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer”Two womeh holding a white wooden ribbon

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and accounts for more than 25% of all cancer deaths. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.

To help increase awareness about lung cancer's risk, prevention opportunities, and treatment options, the Georgia Cancer Center  partnered with MCG’s Oncology Interest Group and the White Ribbon Project to raise awareness about lung cancer and support and celebrate survivors.

Those who attended this year’s White Ribbon Fall Fest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, were be able to participate in a white ribbon-build by painting a wooden ribbon. They also enjoyed delicious food, entered to win prizes, spent time relaxing with therapy dogs, enjoyed music by Jordan Deshon, and played lawn games. There was also information and resources about a person’s risk of developing lung cancer and strategies to lower that risk from a variety of vendors. A panel discussion highlighted a lung cancer survivor’s journey, offered information about lung screening that could detect lung cancer in earlier stages, and highlighted state-of-the-art treatment available at Augusta University Health and the Georgia Cancer Center.

White Ribbon Fall Fest 2022 - Photo Gallery

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Lung Cancer Care Program

Our goal at the Georgia Cancer Center is to balance exceptional outcomes with high quality of life and optimum lung function. The Thoracic Multidisciplinary Team provides personalized care for every type and stage of lung cancer and other cancers in the chest, including:

  • Lungs
  • Trachea
  • Chest wall
  • Pericardium
  • Pulmonary system
  • Mesothelioma
  • Thymomas

 

Thoracic New Oncology Workgroup (NOW) Clinic

The Georgia Cancer Center's Thoracic NOW Clinic, allows patients to be seen by four different specialists during the same appointment. In addition, there are a number of support services and social worker services available during the appointments to make sure each need of our patient is taken care of without multiple visits to our clinics.

Lung Cancer Online Resources

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer. In 2022, it is estimated there will be 236,740 new cases in the U.S.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and accounts for more than 25% of all cancer deaths. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined.

Despite this, there is a stigma around lung cancer that does not exist for other cancers. The stigma that smoking causes lung cancer negatively impacts every part of the lung cancer experience from awareness to research funding to support towards patients. This has real consequences for lung cancer survivorship.

While 90% of lung cancers in the U.S. are associated with smoking tobacco, lung cancer can affect anyone with lungs. About 10-20% of lung cancers occur in people who never smoked. Many of these people were exposed to secondhand smoke through their parents, spouse, or workplace. There is an increasing trend of lung cancer in “never smokers" with 20% of people who die of lung cancer in the U.S. never having smoked or used tobacco (ACS 10.14.20).

Even for people whose lung cancer is attributed to current or past tobacco use, smoking for many is not simply a habit, but a powerful addiction that is tough to break without help. The tobacco industry knows this, which is why they maintain addicting levels of nicotine in their cancer-causing products and spend billions of dollars marketing them. The industry fuels stigma around lung cancer by deftly shifting criticism and responsibility away from their corporations and onto customers with “freedom of choice” rhetoric.

Ultimately, it does not matter what caused a person’s lung cancer. At the Georgia Cancer Center, we believe everyone deserves to receive compassionate care and support through their cancer experience.

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