Every 5 Minutes an Illinois Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer | American Lung Association

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Every 5 Minutes an Illinois Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

(May 8, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

In the last 40 years, lung cancer in women has increased 94 percent, and now impacts an estimated 8,500 people in Illinois. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Illinois is celebrating people impacted by lung cancer and also turning Springfield turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating local advocates who have been impacted by lung cancer, including Shawne P. who lost her mother to lung cancer.

“My Mom was an amazing, outgoing, young woman still in her 50s that was taken away from her children and many grandchildren way too soon,” she said. “I vividly fight for research and the cure of cancer!”

During the week, there also will be several events and fundraising campaigns, including:

  • CVS In-Store Campaign: From May 6 - 26, CVS Pharmacy customers can make a donation of $1, $3 or more at the register to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education.
  • Extra Gum Campaign: In addition, CVS Pharmacy will donate $1 for every pack of Extra Gum that is purchased, up to $100,000 to the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE.

During National Women’s Lung Health Week, the American Lung Association encourages everyone to get involved by wearing turquoise, turning their social media profiles turquoise, and donating at LUNGFORCE.org.

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About the American Lung Association

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: Lung.org.

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