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Global Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition Launches 2018 Campaign to Improve Outcomes
Research and Advocacy Organizations Create Awareness of Causes, Symptoms, Diagnostics and Treatments
RALEIGH, NC – (November 1, 2018) – The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition (LCAMC), a group of more than 30 research and advocacy organizations from around the world continues to unite for the 2018 Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) in November. The Coalition, which is focused on thoracic cancers, will once again use the theme, “HOPE LIVES. More Research. More Survivors.” The Lung Cancer Initiative is providing local resources in North Carolina as a part of LCAM at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.
While lung cancer accounts for 25 percent of cancer deaths in the United States and claims the lives of more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined, new breakthroughs in research, diagnosis and treatment in the last 10 years have brought hope to patients and their families. For that reason, the Coalition aims to produce a coordinated, harmonized public awareness campaign to promote the stories of lung cancer survivors, their caregivers and their families.
Held each November, LCAM aims to increase awareness of this devastating disease, which produces 225,000 new cases per year in the U.S. and an estimated 8,490 cases in North Carolina annually. The month-long campaign also champions the need for knowing the risks and warning signs, improving screening guidelines, expanding treatment options, increasing clinical trials and preventing smoking. To learn more, please visit www.LCAM.org.
Key risks for lung cancer are smoking; exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos and radon gas; heavy alcohol use and genetic predisposition. Symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, especially when persistent or intense; pain in the chest, shoulder or back unrelated to pain from coughing; change in color or volume of mucus; shortness of breath; hoarseness or changes in the voice; harsh sounds with each breath (stridor); recurrent lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumonia; coughing up phlegm or mucus, especially when tinged with blood; and coughing up blood. Thanks to early and improved screening and diagnosis, as well as rapidly expanding and precise treatment options, lung cancer rates are falling.
Because there is a great lack of knowledge among many patients and physicians about effective risk reduction and treatment options for lung cancer, the Coalition creates awareness, inspiring hope and achieving better results for patients in the process. By educating people on risk factors, symptoms, new screening technologies and new therapies, LCAM offers new ways to take appropriate action to prolong and improve the lives of those with lung cancer.
To see the full list of partner organizations and find further information on the Coalition, please visit www.LCAM.org.
To learn more about resources available in North Carolina through the Lung Cancer Initiative, please visit www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.
About the Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition
The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition (LCAMC) is composed of more than 30 global non-profits focused on thoracic cancers, led by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). During Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) in November, the Coalition unites to focus on improving outcomes for lung cancer patients by educating physicians and patients on potentially lifesaving treatment options. It also works to generate more awareness among the public about the impact of lung cancer and how we can collectively battle against the disease, which is the deadliest cancer. Please visit www.LCAM.org for more information.
About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. For more information, or to get involved, please visit us at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.
ation and access programs across North Carolina. For more information, or to get involved, please visit us at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.