According to the American Cancer Society, November is a month of a variety of cancers and cancer-related events! The website’s cancer awareness calendar lists the following important issues taking center stage in the fight against cancer for November 2019:
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month used to be Lung Cancer Awareness Day. It started in November 1995. Lung cancer awareness is now a month-long observance. Part of lung cancer awareness month includes the annual Great American Smokeout on November 21. This day was first observed in 1976 as a project to encourage people to stop smoking. The Great American Smokeout is held annually on the third Thursday of November.
Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women in the United States.
November is Family Caregivers Month
National Family Caregivers Month was originally National Family Caregivers Week. The National Family Caregivers Association started it and became a monthlong observance 2000. This month people recognize the toll cancer takes on not just patients but their family and friends as well. Many organizations host events honoring caregivers. The month is also used as a time to encourage family-friendly legislation and policies that ease some of the stress facing caregivers.
November is NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Month
This year marks the NHL’s 20th year of its Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. The month features a variety of special events designed to raise money, awareness, and assistance. NHL.com reports that:
“All 31 NHL Clubs will host a Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night in-arena, featuring lavender jerseys, dashboards, decals on player helmets, and “I Fight For” cards. Last year, donations in support of the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative provided more than 5,000 nights of lodging for patients and their families; transportation, including more than 15,000 rides to and from treatment facilities; telephone assistance, providing vital support services for patients and their caregivers; and pre- and post-treatment support for more than 1,300 men battling prostate cancer.”
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 57,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed every year. Though pancreatic cancer is not one of the most common types of cancers, it is one of the deadliest, making the need for research and awareness extra-important.
Send Something Special This Month to Someone You Know with Cancer
November is a perfect month to do something special for someone you know with cancer. Contact Rock the Treatment for gift boxes explicitly designed with cancer patients in mind. We provide gifts that are good for the mind and body of your loved one or friend and can ease the stress of chemotherapy and radiation. Call Rock the treatment at 516-690-7009 for more information or visit our website at www.rockthetreatment.com.