Lung cancer is a formidable disease that affects around 48,500 people in the UK every year, making it one of the most common forms of cancer. To honour Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2023, we wanted to talk about the disease, risk factors, early detection and the role that digital platform can have in providing support for patients.
There are two primary types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which account for the majority of cases. Smoking is one of the leading risk factors in developing lung cancer, with approximately 85% of cases resulting directly or indirectly in smoking. Non-smokers can also be affected, with other risk factors including exposure to asbestos or air pollution, genetic mutations and family history.
Recognising the symptoms of lung cancer is essential for early diagnosis and improved outcomes. Persistent coughing, breathlessness, chest pain and unexplained weight loss are some of the common symptoms, all of which warrant medical attention. Treatment for lung cancer has expanded significantly in recent years, but it has remained one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The development of targeted therapies and immunotherapies has revolutionised lung cancer treatment, providing more personalised and effective approaches.
There are some preventative measures that can be taken to reduce a person’s chances of getting lung cancer, with smoking cessation being the most important. Improving air quality, reducing exposure to environmental carcinogens and regular screenings for high-risk populations can further help to prevent the cancer.
At Pogo Digital Healthcare, we are committed to empowering patients to manage their long-term conditions, which is why we are currently developing a platform for people living with Lung Cancer. The platform will be used in the diagnostic stage, to advise patients about procedures and help to inform consent, creating a bridge between healthcare providers and patients.
With a united approach towards a healthier future, we remain dedicated to empowering patients, improving care and reducing the burden of this devastating disease.
Find information about Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2023 here
For more information and support with lung cancer visit the Asthma and Lung UK page here