Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US. With
your help, we can significantly improve outcomes for patients with lung cancer.
This kit is for all interested individuals and groups who want to help
learn or spread the word about lung cancer and the importance of screening
and prevention. Early detection can save lives.
You will find suggested sample social media messaging to post, as well
as printable fact sheets, infographics, and additional info through links
to other resources.
You can use this toolkit to make a difference and get involved by taking
Be tobacco free.
Avoid secondhand smoke.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
Consume a healthy diet that:
- Emphasizes plant sources.
- Supports a healthy weight.
- Includes five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruit each day.
- Includes whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains.
- Has minimal processed and red meats.
Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
Protect yourself from the sun and indoor tanning devices.
Talk to your primary health care provider about:
- Any potential signs and symptoms of cancer, including unexplained weight
loss, fever, fatigue, pain, and skin changes.
- Cancer screening options for breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers.
- Vaccines that can reduce your risk for developing cancer.
Maintain healthcare coverage.
Have your home tested for radon.
How Can I Make a Difference
Anyone can raise awareness about lung cancer and take action toward screening
and prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals
can get involved and spread the word.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Start the conversation. Open up the conversation about your health and
ask your questions about health history.
- Talk to your doctor about your health.
- Encourage others to use this tool kit to learn more and share information
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients about the importance of lung
Get the Word Out
Lung cancer screening for high-risk people can improve outcomes:
- In most cases, lung cancer is not detected early; about 16% of people are
diagnosed at an early stage
- 5-year survival rates increase from 4% (stage 4) to 55% (stage 1) if detected earlier
Infographics and Images
Share these statistics and infographics on your social media outlets or website
Click images to download:
Encourage current or former smokers to get screened. They may be eligible for
lung cancer screening programs
- Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to talk to their patients
about the importance of early detection for lung cancer and smoking cessation.
- Host a lung cancer awareness event. Give out information about smoking
cessation, lung cancer screening programs, and ask a doctor or nurse to
speak about the topics.
Request a Speaker
- Partner with local community organizations to encourage people to be tobacco
free, as well as get screened for lung cancer.
- Share your own experiences with your family and friends to encourage them
to quit smoking or to get screened.