Thursday, April 18, 2024

Screening, Research and Radon: 4 Ways You Can Help End Lung Cancer

“Anyone can get lung cancer, and no one deserves the disease. While lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by over 50% in the past decade and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Ending lung cancer is a strategic imperative of the American Lung Association all year long, but November is a time for us to celebrate successes, honor people impacted by lung cancer and encourage people to take action to end this devastating disease.”
According to the American Lung Association, here are food actions everyone can take to make a difference during Lung Cancer Awareness Month:
  1. Take a quiz to see if you or a loved one are eligible for lung cancer screening: Lung cancer screening is key to early detection of the disease. A person is eligible for lung cancer screening if they are 50-80 years of age, have a 20 pack-year history (one pack/day for 20 years, two packs/day for 10 years), and are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years. Find out if you are eligible for lung cancer screening with this two-minute quiz at SavedByTheScan.org.
  2. Support Research: Today, as a part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association is announcing the first-ever Courtney Cox Cole Lung Cancer Research Award. The $1 million research endowment was funded through the dedicated efforts of the Cole family and friends to honor the life and legacy of the late Courtney Cox Cole, who fought valiantly against EGFR-mutant lung cancer while inspiring countless individuals and families impacted by this disease. Learn more about this research here and donate to support lifesaving lung cancer research at Lung.org/Donate.
  3. Test Your Home for Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. every year. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground. Every home should be tested for radon because it has been found in high amounts in homes in every state. Fortunately, radon testing is easy and low-cost, and it could save your life. Learn more at Lung.org/Radon.
  4. Join the Patient & Caregiver Network for Critical Lung Cancer Resources: The Lung Association’s Patient & Caregiver Network provides people living with lung cancer and lung disease and their caregivers with critical support, education and access to emerging research like clinical trials. Learn more and sign up for the Patient & Caregiver Network at Lung.org/PCN.
The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative unites those impacted by lung cancer and their caregivers across the country to stand together against lung cancer.

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