Shine a Light on Lung Cancer

A big congratulations to the Lung and Sleep Department at Monash Health for their amazing effort in helping raise awareness for Lung Cancer. The hard working and dedicated team went to work wearing their green Lung Foundation Australia t-shirts, not only in their department but throughout the hospital. Ward staff and patients gave positive feedback on the brightness the t-shirts brought to the ward, also prompting staff, patients and visitors to ask questions about lung cancer.

The lung nurse consultants also put together a patient, staff and visitor information stall at the front of the hospital. A fantastic effort by the entire team!


Here are some statistics on lung cancer………

  • Lung cancer does not discriminate- patients of both sexes and all ages are effected
  • Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia and the USA
  • Greater than 23 Australian’s will die every day from lung cancer
  • Approximately 18-20% of lung cancer patients have NEVER smoked
  • Survival rates for lung cancer have increased slightly over the years but still remain a low 14% five year survival rate
  • A dismal 5% of tumour specific research funding is allocated to lung cancer research


Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Back or chest pain
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Unexplained increased fatigue levels


For more information visit

The Lung Foundation has a dedicated Lung Cancer Nurse and Lung Cancer Support groups phone: 1800 654 301