On May 21, 2016, the American Lung Association in Houston will host its second annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. Now in its second year, this initiative seeks to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.
The LUNG FORCE Walk will be held at Discovery Green at 1500 McKinney. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Michelle Stoddard, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Houston. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in Houston to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”
According to the Lung Association’s Women’s Lung Health Barometer, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the #1 cancer killer of women, only 1 percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them.
Statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.
The American Lung Association in Houston offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit www.LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Visit our website, Lung.org/facinglungcancer, for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.
About the American Lung Association in Texas The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.
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