November is lung cancer awareness month

Nov 14, 2014, 5:40 AM | Updated: 5:40 am

PHOENIX — November is lung cancer awareness month and a Valley doctor wants people to know that it isn’t a disease that only affects people who smoke.

Smoking is only one cause of lung cancer, a disease that Dr. Panos Fidias at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix said was widespread and with little resource.

“It remains an underfunded disease for the 200,000 or more cases that will be diagnosed in the state this year,” he said.

Fidias said this month is part of a nationwide effort to help people learn more about the disease, which even though the number of cases is in decline, mortality rates for those diagnosed are still very high.

“The five year survival of lung cancer in general is about 15 percent,” Fidias said.

Raising awareness about the disease can not only help people become more attuned to its causes and symptoms, but can also help raise funding for research, according to Fidias.

“Nothing can be done without funding,” he said.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Suspect arrested after man fatally shot at Phoenix gas station

A man allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a man at a Phoenix gas station was arrested Saturday.
12 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Detectives investigating fatal hit-and-run with pedestrian in wheelchair in Goodyear

A woman in a wheelchair died after she was struck by a vehicle in Goodyear Saturday evening, authorities said.
12 hours ago
(City of Peoria Photo)...
Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Peoria approves tax incentive agreement with mixed-use project developer

Peoria moved forward with what could be the final development agreement needed for a new mixed-use office project called Stadium Point.
12 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...
KTAR.com

Downtown Chandler hosts life-sized holiday treats display ‘Sugarland’

Downtown Chandler kicked off the holiday season with an interactive Christmas display filled with life-sized treats on Saturday.
12 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of 33-year-old man in Phoenix

Police arrested and charged a man with murder in the stabbing death of a 33-year-old man in Phoenix late Saturday, authorities said.
2 days ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Man taken to hospital by family after being shot in Phoenix dies

A 33-year-old man who was taken to a hospital by family members Friday night after being shot in Phoenix has died.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
November is lung cancer awareness month