>With the month of November in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking for your help in creating awareness about the leading cancer killer of both American men and women.

Based on well-documented associations between workplace exposures and cancer, it is estimated that 20,000 people die each year from different types of cancer that can be attributed to exposure in the workplace. Here are some ways the CDC suggests that you can help raise awareness not just about lung cancer but all types of cancer:

• Talk. This is the easiest way to help. Talk with your friends, neighbors and colleagues. Let them know about cancer, signs for early detection and the importance of yearly exams with your doctor.

• Write. Send a letter, e-mail or fax to local legislators and ask them to increase funding for cancer research.

• Get Involved. Participate in a cancer-awareness event in your area or provide educational material to your local hospital, clinic or health fair.

• Purchase cancer awareness materials that contribute proceeds to charities or organizations that help with cancer awareness or research.

For more information on Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit the CDC Web site.

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