Lung cancer kills over 7,500 Australians every year – taking more than 20 lives each day.
The Australian Lung Foundation launched its lung cancer awareness campaign yesterday (November 12), bringing attention to the 'silent killer' and encouraging Australians to use their voice and 'End the Unspoken'.
Lung cancer is the nation's biggest cancer killer, taking more lives than breast, ovarian and prostate cancer combined, with End the Unspoken highlighting the impact of this cancer.
Australians are urged by the Lung Foundation to visit the End the Unspoken website and share the message in putting an end to the silence associated with the disease.
Research commissioned by the Global Lung Cancer Coalition found that Australians think breast cancer is cancer's biggest killer, demonstrating the misconceptions present in the nation.
Director of End the Unspoken Jason van Genderen was personally affected by lung cancer after his father passed away from the disease last year.
"I have seen, first hand, how aggressive this cancer is and I hope ‘End the Unspoken’ can raise awareness about this deadly disease," said Mr van Genderen.
"One in 16 Australians will develop lung cancer before they’re 85 yet it is a topic which is rarely spoken about. Perhaps this is because of the stigma which is attached to lung cancer?"
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