Lung Cancer Rate Increases in Women, Awareness Remains Low
(November 12, 2015) -
American Lung Association in Texas - Dallas calls for greater awareness, increased research investment during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Anyone can get lung cancer, yet awareness among women remains low. In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association of North Texas encourages everyone in North Texas to learn more about lung cancer, as greater awareness can save lives.
Lung cancer diagnoses have nearly doubled among all women in the past 37 years, yet only 1 percent of women cite lung cancer as a top-of-mind cancer concern. To raise awareness about lung cancer, the American Lung Association launched LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative that unites women in the fight against lung cancer, encouraging them to raise their voices for change.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among women, and unfortunately, most lung cancer cases are not diagnosed until later when treatment options are limited,” said Holly Torres, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in North Texas “Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives, that’s why we’re raising awareness about this disease and screening options.”
Currently, only 17 percent of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early, according to the Lung Association. However, this might change as millions of Americans at high risk for lung cancer now have access to potentially lifesaving lung cancer screening which can detect lung cancer before there are symptoms, when it is easier to treat.
“Screening provides new hope, but we also need a greater investment in research to defeat lung cancer,” said Torres. “We desperately need more personalized treatment options and early detection methods for the more than 100,000 women who will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, and 6,825 here in Texas.”
Recognizing the need for increased research funding, the American Lung Association advocates for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for better treatment and early detection of lung cancer. And through LUNG FORCE, the organization will also invest $10 million in lung cancer research and $5 million in increasing public health promotion over five years.
“Lung cancer has been in the shadows for far too long. If you or a loved one has been touched by lung cancer, share your story to inspire others to do the same,” said Torres.
Learn more about your risk and #ShareYourVoice to defeat lung cancer by visiting LUNGFORCE.org. You can also support lung cancer research efforts by contributing to the LUNG FORCE Giving Day on November 17.
CONTACT: Holly Torres | American Lung Association in Texas - Dallas
P: 214-631-5864 E: HTorres@Lungs.org
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.
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As the nation’s premier resource for lung health, the new Lung.org has been redesigned with a focus on user experience on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. From the doctor’s office to the family dinner table, individuals with a lung disease and their support teams are able to access lung health resources and information the moment they need it.
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