FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lung Cancer Initiative and the Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition Partner
to Raise Awareness During Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November
Raleigh, NC, October 26, 2020 - Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) is joining forces with the Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition, a group of leading international advocacy and research organizations that partner together each November in an effort to improve outcomes for lung cancer patient across the world during Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM).
Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined each year in North Carolina and the United States. In 2020, it is estimated that more than 8,470 individuals will be diagnosed with lung cancer in North Carolina which equates to 23 North Carolinians each day.
“Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an important time for our entire community to come together to raise awareness and celebrate hope,” said Paige Humble, Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative. “Many people do not know that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer, and we are seeking to educate people on the causes of lung cancer and the many advancements in treatment that have occurred over the past few years.”
LCI is hosting a variety of online events throughout the month of November that are free for anyone to join. LCI invites you to take the initiative this November and raise awareness of lung cancer by joining one of their virtual LCAM events. All events are formatted to be safe and socially distant with most taking place from the comfort and safety of your own home. During LCAM, LCI invites members of the community to write a letter of encouragement to a lung cancer survivor. Simply design/decorate/write a card at home and mail it to the LCI office.
Get involved this month by using our interactive engagement calendar, where each day directs you to an action you can take to raise awareness or learn about lung cancer. This calendar designates November 23 as a day of remembrance to honor all of those lost to lung cancer, links you to lung cancer facts, and connects you to our Network of Hope by letting you hear directly from lung cancer survivors in the North Carolina community. View our full calendar of events online by clicking here.
Online Survivors Luncheon (November 4, via Zoom)
All lung cancer survivors are welcome to join LCI’s Online Survivor Luncheons, which meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. These luncheons are a perfect way for survivors to come together to network and socialize with each other while practicing social distancing. Join LCI via Zoom for a special LCAM luncheon on Wednesday, November 4 by registering here.
Triad LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk & Celebration (November 14, via Facebook Livestream)
Make a difference by stepping out for this year's Triad LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk and Celebration to increase awareness of lung cancer while raising funds to fuel lung cancer research, increase access to care, and expand community education. From now until November 13, run or walk a 5K by walking in your neighborhood, on a trail, or in your home on a treadmill. Then, join LCI’s livestream celebration on the LCI Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 as LCI recognizes lung cancer survivors, remembers those lost to lung cancer, honors military veterans, acknowledges the top fundraising teams as well as top fundraisers and announces medal winners. Participation is free, so encourage your friends and family to register and donate at Triad.LUNGeForward.org.
Community Education Series (November 17, via Zoom)
Hear the latest updates on lung cancer from the experts from Wake Forest Baptist by attending our Community Education Series on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. Featured experts will be Tom Lycan, DO, who will give a presentation on the “New Treatment Options in Lung Cancer,” and LCI Fellow Janardhana Ponnatapura, MD, who will present on “Immunotherapy Induced Pneumonitis in Lung Cancer Patients: Role of Imaging to Predict Long Term Outcomes.” Join LCI via Zoom on November 17 by registering here.
Held each November, LCAM aims to increase awareness of this devastating disease. Unlike many other diseases, with lung cancer, there is an opportunity to enhance knowledge among both patients and physicians about effective risk reduction and treatment options. The Coalition seeks to inspire hope and achieve better results for patients in the process. Most of all, the Coalition strives to debunk the unfair assumptions and stigma associated with lung cancer by better educating the public on the disease and its causes.
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.
To learn more about resources available in North Carolina through the Lung Cancer Initiative and to hear the stories of those impacted by this disease, please visit www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org
About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, 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, please visit www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org
About the Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition
The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition (LCAMC) is composed of more than 40 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.
For more information, contact Lane Moore, Communications & Development Specialist at (919) 784-0410 or lmoore@lungcancerinitiativenc.
To Send Letters to Survivors, Send Them To:
Lung Cancer Initiative of NC
Attn: Colleen Christensen
5171 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 401
Raleigh, NC 27612
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