Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Each November, lung cancer awareness takes place in the UK. With over 46,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the UK and nearly 36,000 dying from it, this deadly disease needs individuals and businesses to help spread the word.
Occupational health has a big role to play in these numbers, with construction being a high-risk industry.
12,000 lung disease deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposures at work
There is a stigma around lung cancer, with the perception that it's primarily caused by smoking. But this isn't always the case. Construction activities such as tunnelling, cutting, grinding, crushing and demolition work can put workers at risk by exposing them to hazardous substances that can cause damage to the lungs when breathed in.
18,000 estimated new cases of breathing or lung problems caused or made worse by work each year
If the correct equipment and protection gear isn't used, hazardous particles can enter the airways and build-up over time. Whilst the effects may not be immediate, they can contribute to long-term health issues which may have devastating outcomes.
To help overcome the apparent shame many people who are diagnosed with lung cancer experience, Roy Castle's Lung Cancer Foundation has launched their #HeadHigh campaign. The aim of the campaign is to challenge the stigma in the hope of encouraging people to speak out to receive the help they need. And ultimately, help save their lives.
"Men and women. Young and old. Smoker and non-smoker.
Anyone can get lung cancer and there is nothing to be ashamed of."
- Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Hold your #HeadHigh and join us in spreading the word, and together let's try to reduce the number of deaths caused by lung cancer.
Early detection is the key to surviving lung cancer; find out what you can do to help here.