With more than 200,000 U.S. cases per year, lung cancer affects many families and is the focus of this month's Buddy Check9 program. About 14 percent of all new cancers are lung cancers.


Most lung cancers do not have symptoms until they have spread. If symptoms can be caught at an earlier stage, treatment could be more effective. Some symptoms of lung cancer could include:

● Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)

● A cough that doesn’t go away or gets worse

● Shortness of breath

● Chest pain that is worse with deep breathing, laughing or coughing

● Hoarseness

● Feeling tired or weak

● An onset of wheezing

● Weight loss and loss of appetite

● Infections like bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors that make individuals more likely to develop lung cancer, including:

● Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and about 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking

● Secondhand smoke, or breathing the smoke of others, can increase your risk of developing lung cancer

● According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country, and is the leading cause among non-smokers.

● A personal or family history of lung cancer presents a higher risk for lung cancer

● Exposure to asbestos and other cancer-causing agents could increase lung cancer risk

To learn more about lung cancer risk, visit this site

Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society recommends that clinicians with access to high-volume, high-quality lung cancer screening and treatment centers should initiate a discussion about lung cancer screening with patients age 55 to 74 years who have at least a 30-pack-year smoking history, currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years, and who are in relatively good health.

For details and more information visit this site

See this site for how to calculate pack-year smoking history

Interesting Facts and Resources


In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates 2,420 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer in Colorado. An estimated 1,640 people in Colorado will die from lung and bronchus cancer.

1 in 15 men will get lung cancer in their lifetime.*

1 in 17 women will get lung cancer in their lifetime.*

*Lifetime risk calculated up to age 85

Lung cancer is the 2nd most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death, among men and women.

Source: Colorado Central Cancer Registry, 2017


Smoking isn’t the only cause of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and 50% of homes in Colorado have levels which should be mitigated. Testing your home is easy and affordable. Visit www.coloradoradon.info for reduced cost radon tests and to find contractors, certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program, who install systems to mitigate radon. Call the state’s Radon Hotline at 1-800-846-3986 for radon information.


Thursday, Nov. 16

American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout

Encourage someone you know to quit for the day and make a plan to quit



American Cancer Society NovemBEARD Campaign

In 2017, more than 830,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer. Join Denver area men as they grow their facial hair in November to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

For details visit http://devernovembeard.org

Support Groups

National Jewish’s Lung Cancer Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 2:00-3:00 pm,1400 Jackson St, Denver, CO 80206 in room A01B. 303-270-2392

November 20: Living with Lung Cancer - Kaiser Permanente – Franklin Building 2045 Franklin – Denver; Heyer Room Register 303-764-5310 or 720-536-7248

Lung Cancer Screening Seminars:

Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of HealthONE, is offering FREE lung cancer screening seminars for the community at four locations in November.

Who should attend: Those who are interested in learning about lung cancer screening, either for

themselves or a loved one.


● Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:10-7:30 p.m.

○ Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (1719 E. 19 th Ave, 80218, Colorado Room North)

● Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m.

○ Swedish Medical Center (501 E. Hampden, 80113, Ponderosa Conference Room)

● Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

○ Rose Medical Center (4500 E. 9 th Ave, 80220, Goodstein 1 & 2 Conference Room 2)

● Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.

○ The Medical Center of Aurora (1501 S. Potomac Street, 80012, Conference Room 2)

To register, call 303-575- 0055, or go to LungSeminar.com

Thank you to the Colorado Cancer Coalition for information that was used in this article. The Colorado Cancer Coalition is a statewide collaborative working to eliminate the burden of cancer in Colorado. Our task forces and members work together to improve the life of all Coloradans touched by cancer. To learn more go to http://coloradocancercoailiton.org. The Colorado Cancer Coalition is a sponsored project of the Trailhead Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the public's health and the environment in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Thank you to the American Cancer Society for contributing information that was used in this article. For cancer information and resources, contact the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. The Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.