LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates approximately 221,130 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer and an estimated 156,940 people will die. In Kentucky each year, approximately 77 percent of people die from the disease, while approximately 63 percent of people die in Indiana. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana reminds the community of the dangers of smoking and encourages all local residents to mind their lungs, their health and their loved ones, and quit.
"Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women and men," said Rick Albrink, M.D., radiation oncologist at the Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana. "Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined."
Smokers should also be mindful of their loved one's health as secondhand smoke increases risks for lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking adults will die each year of lung cancer from a noted history of breathing secondhand smoke.
"Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer; therefore, local residents must encourage their loved ones to quit. This November please encourage and support loved ones in an effort to help them to quit smoking – doing so may save their lives and your own," said Dr. Albrink.
For more information on Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana, with locations in Jeffersonville, Ind. and Louisville, Ky., please visit www.kentuckianaradiationoncology.com.
About Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana
An affiliate of Vantage Oncology, Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana, treats men and women with different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, colon, lymphatic and others. For more information, visit www.kentuckianaradiationoncology.com.
SOURCE Radiotherapy Centers of Kentuckiana