Las Vegas Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research
American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative aims to raise awareness about lifesaving lung cancer screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
(November 1, 2017) -
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To recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, the American Lung Association in Nevada will host its fourth annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Symphony Park, The Smith Center. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, and this year nearly 1,680 Nevada residents will be diagnosed with the disease.
The LUNG FORCE Walk will feature interactive education areas, family games and activities and inspiring stories of hope. Walkers will also be raising funds for lung disease research, education and advocacy. Registration and activities began at 2 p.m., the 1.5 mile walk starts at 4pm. After the walk, there will be a special tribute and memory tree illumination to honor our loved ones who have lost their lives to lung disease.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few men and women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Tyler Corder, chief financial officer and chief operations officer of Findlay Automotive Group and corporate chair of the LUNG FORCE Walk. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change.”
One reason why lung cancer is so deadly is because by the time you have symptoms, it may already have spread and become more difficult to treat. Lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan is a powerful tool to diagnose lung cancer in individuals who are at high risk at an early stage, when it is much more likely to be curable. An estimated 9 million Americans are considered at high risk for lung cancer, and if only half of those at high risk were screened, more than 15,000 could be saved. Despite the lifesaving potential of screening, 84 percent of those who qualify are unfamiliar with the low-dose CT scan, according to the American Lung Association’s 4th annual Lung Health Barometer.
To raise awareness about lung cancer screening, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative has partnered with the Ad Council to launch the “Saved By The Scan” public awareness campaign – urging everyone to learn more about lung cancer screening.
“The toll lung cancer takes on our families, friends and neighbors in Nevada and across the nation, is truly devastating,” said Kristina Crawford, executive director of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “With the availability of lung cancer screening, we have the opportunity to find the disease earlier and save lives. However, to make this lifesaving opportunity a reality, we must do more to raise awareness of both lung cancer and screening. We invite everyone in the Las Vegas area to join us for the LUNG FORCE Walk and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”
For media interested in speaking with a medical expert about lung health or a LUNG FORCE Hero about the LUNG FORCE Walk – Las Vegas, contact Heather Mangan at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7631.
About the American Lung Association in Nevada
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.