Education needed to stop stigma
NOVEMBER is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Sunshine Coast locals are being urged to help raise awareness of the disease, reduce their risk and support those affected.
Lung cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women and is the leading cancer-related cause of death in Queensland.
In the Sunshine Coast region alone, about 312 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
While there are many factors that can contribute to lung cancer, we do know that smoking is the leading cause – and because of this many patients, particularly non-smokers, can feel stigmatised by their illness.
A cancer diagnosis is isolating – but it can be especially tough if there is stigma involved.
Stigma contributes to psychological distress, negatively impacting on the patient’s quality of life and sometimes, tragically, influencing treatment decisions.
If you or someone you know is affected by lung cancer, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.