Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.
In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) encourages Jamaicans to take preventive steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and lesser-known causes of lung cancer.
While smoking may be the leading cause of lung cancer, other risk factors should not be ignored. These include second-hand smoke, radon or asbestos exposure in the home or workplace, and family history.
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