God Bless You! – Lung Cancer and Social Stigma associated with it


Do you know why we say “God Bless You!” every time somebody sneezes? Well, the origin of the expression could be traced back to 500 AD.

During the outbreak of the bubonic plague in Europe, Gregory I, who was the Pope, then, ordered unceasing prayer for divine intervention in hopes of fighting off the disease. Sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague and hence the blessing became a common effort to halt the disease.