Many of my readers know that my father passed away from lung cancer. It was 4 months ago today. He smoked for as long as I can remember and worked in a warehouse for 20+ years where he breathed in a lot of things a person probably ought not be breathing on a daily basis. Some could have been genetics, some could have been the toxins produced by tobacco. It doesn't matter now, he is gone. November 4th is Shine a Light on Lung Cancer day. Vigils are held across the country in memory of those who have lost their battles with, or are fighting lung cancer. There were no vigils in Indiana, but I still wanted to spend some time in prayer and in remembering my father. I lit a candle for him, and 4 others for each of his children. (2 not pictured, I can add)
I feel like this disease, especially out of all the cancers, has a negative reputation. I am guilty myself. I am angry that he smoked all those years and was one of the statistics in the anti-tobacco ads. I hate that he did this to himself. That being said, did you know that over 60% of new lung cancers are diagnosed in people who never smoked or who managed to quit smoking even decades ago. 17.9% of those, have never smoked at all.
We should be doing more to raise awareness about lung cancer. The side of the cigarette packet is not enough. The government trying to create bans, and laws, and whatever else taking away "rights" just pisses people off (me included.) I think people should be REALLY educated about lung cancer.