February 4, 2016

Changing the face of lung cancer this World Cancer Day

Lung Foundation Australia wants to change the face of lung cancer with a special event in Sydney to highlight the message that anyone can get lung cancer – men, women, the young old, smokers and non-smokers.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said the World Cancer Day event highlighted that lung cancer doesn’t discriminate and can happen to anyone.

She said lung cancer was Australia’s biggest cancer killer, with more than 23 people dying from lung cancer every single day.

“People with lung cancer at varying stages of the disease are usually able to perform yoga without respiratory distress or compromising breathing,” Mrs Allan said.

Together with Lululemon, Lung Foundation Australia is hosting a free yoga class on the lawn of the Museum of Contemporary Art with around 100 people including lung cancer survivors, friends and families, drawing attention to the many faces of lung cancer.

“Yoga has been shown to significantly improve patients’ overall wellbeing including mood, sleep and quality of life and is often considered a part of cancer care,” Mrs Allan said.

“That’s why we’re hosting a yoga event this World Cancer Day —  to raise awareness that anyone can get lung cancer,” she said.

“In fact, approximately 1 in 3 women diagnosed with lung cancer are non-smokers.

“The symptoms of lung cancer can be vague including a new, changed or persistent cough, chest pain or breathlessness, repeat bouts of bronchitis or coughing blood.”

To help spread the message, Lung Foundation Australia asks people to join a special social media campaign that launches at 11am on World Cancer Day.

This Thunderclap initiative will see people around the globe sharing one message using social media to unite their voices to say something together.