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Webinar of Gemelli Molise on lung cancer prevention

Byeditorial

May 25, 2021

Lung cancer almost always shows signs of itself late. Symptoms (among the most common the persistent and irritating cough, blood in the sputum, difficulty in breathing, pinpoint pain in the chest) appear when the lump is already large. Tobacco use is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths globally. Over 1 million people die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke. Air pollution, cases of lung cancer in the family (especially in parents or siblings) and previous lung diseases or radiotherapy treatments that have affected the lungs (perhaps due to previous lymphoma) also increase the risk of getting sick. Today there are screenings that can facilitate an early diagnosis of the disease especially in people at high risk. The topic will be explored during the webinar ‘Together for Prevention – Early diagnosis and prevention of lung cancer’, the seventh appointment of the ‘Together in health’ path that Gemelli Molise dedicates to health issues, with the aim of promoting empowerment of the population. Today it will be live streaming at 4.30 pm on the Gemelli Molise website and Facebook page where everyone can ask questions. An opportunity for citizens, associations and experts to meet to promote a correct lifestyle and implement awareness on prevention, correcting their lifestyle. “85-90 percent of lung cancers – says the CEO of Gemelli Molise Celeste Condorelli – is attributable to cigarette smoking. This neoplasm is one of the main causes of death in industrialized countries, the first in men and the second in women. In particular, in our country, it affects almost 34,000 people every year. That’s why the diagnosis early is essential “, he recalls. Today, low-dose CT is an essential tool for the early diagnosis of lung diseases. It allows you to study the chest, obtaining very precise images and subjecting the person to a very small amount of radiation, comparable to that of X-ray of the chest. World No Tobacco Day will also be celebrated during the event. Also this year WHO promotes the Day World without tobacco, especially inviting young people, to unite to become a generation without tobacco. “When we talk about lung cancer, we know very well how important the role of prevention is, which necessarily passes from a path of information and education in which the world of education also assumes a strategic position” comments Anna Paola Sabatini, director of the school office Regional. “In our country, in fact, people start smoking very early, while we have to contrast this bad habit with a healthy culture of health and well-being that starts right from the school world. I thank Gemelli Molise for the continuous synergy with the regional school office on the themes of the culture of health and well-being and for having promoted and organized ‘Insieme in salute’, a training project of the highest quality which also targets teachers and students from our regional school community ”.

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