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Meet Joey. Here’s his advice about lung cancer.

"Seeing my daughter grow up was something that I focused on."

This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we asked people what advice they’d give to themselves back when they were diagnosed with lung cancer. Their answers may surprise you – because their answers are more hopeful than you might think.

For Joey, a persistent cough quickly turned into an unexpected lung cancer diagnosis, until lifesaving surgery that gave him a second chance at life with his then-newborn daughter.

Joey has been cancer-free for eleven years, and he needs you to know that early diagnosis, supportive care, and a little faith can create lung cancer survivors like him. 

There’s more reasons than ever to be hopeful about lung cancer, but don’t take it from us. Take it from Joey:

Know the signs of lung cancer

In the early stages, lung cancer may have no signs or symptoms at all. But for some – like Joey – there are signs that urgently need to be checked out:

  • A stubborn cough that won’t go away (which could make it difficult to sleep)
  • Coughing up blood or rust-coloured sputum (phlegm)
  • Laboured breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
  • Chest pain (deep in the lungs when lifting, coughing, or laughing)
  • Chest infections like pneumonia that are frequent and hard to get rid of
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss and appetite loss

With lung cancer, it’s better to know – and to know early. And you don’t have to go through it alone. Reach out to us – we can help.

Your Lung Cancer Awareness Month gift today will make an impact all year long!

The Lung Health Foundation is rallying behind people like Joey and unlocking new hope through advocacy, support, and research. Since lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, we urgently need your help to meet the demand!

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