Letter in response to the Irish Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign
To whom it may concern:
The Irish Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign to identify patients with lung cancer early so as to improve their chances of surviving is very welcome. However, the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI, also believes that it is important that the key message about lung cancer is not lost - this is a preventable cancer. If you don’t smoke, and if you are not exposed to someone else’s smoke, you are highly unlikely to get lung cancer. So for smokers, in order to avoid or reduce your risk of getting lung cancer, and the risk of those around you – quit smoking today, or tomorrow, or the day after that.
It is important that smokers keep trying to quit, even if they have been unsuccessful in the past. Your GP, pharmacist or local health centre will be able to help you succeed.
In addition, http://www.giveupsmoking.ie/ or the National Smokers’ Quitline (1850 201 203) also provide excellent supports. There is a much better chance of reducing illness and deaths from lung cancer if no one gets lung cancer if it is prevented in the first instance.
For more information please contact:
Dr Fenton Howell
Spokesperson on Tobacco
Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI
Direct Ph: +353 1 8639730
Main Ph: +353 1 8639700