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LUNG FORCE Month to Raise Awareness of Lung Cancer

(October 30, 2015) -

UAA Smoke-free Task Force Honored at Kick-off Event

ANCHORAGE — Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. learns she has lung cancer. And while the lung cancer death rate among men has fallen in the last 35 years, it has increased 116% among women -– and no one seems to know why or how to stop that trend.

That’s why the American Lung Association has created LUNG FORCE, an inspiring national cause campaign bringing women together, with a collective determination to lead the fight against lung cancer and for women’s lung health.

Anyone can get lung cancer. It is the #1 cancer killer of men and women today, in fact, it kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer.

Through LUNG FORCE, we are striving to:

  • Increase women’s awareness of lung cancer as their #1 cancer killer;
  • Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers;
  • and Raise critical funds for lung cancer research.

The Lung Association will kick off LUNG FORCE month on Sunday November 1, 10am at their annual Breathe Easy Breakfast fundraiser (, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Richard Chung from Anchorage Radiation Therapy Center. The event also features the annual Breathe Easy Champion Award.

Lung Association Honors UAA Smoke-free Task Force on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1

Our Breathe Easy Champion award is given to an individual or organization who significantly advances the American Lung Association mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

The award will be presented to Chancellor Tom Case and Drs. Gabe Garcia and Joy Chavez Mapaye on Sunday November 1, 10am at The Bridge Restaurant during the American Lung Association’s annual Breathe Easy Breakfast.

The American Lung Association recognizes the UAA Smoke-Free Task Force for their strategic, passionate work to make the UAA campus one that is free from the influence of Big Tobacco and nicotine addiction, in any form.

The UAA Smoke-Free Task Force was so successful in driving, documenting, and activating student, faculty, and administration support that the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved that not just UAA, but all University of Alaska campuses implement a comprehensive smoke AND tobacco-free policy, to include not just cigarettes, but all tobacco products including e-cigarettes by December 2015. UAA will implement its tobacco-free campus policy on November 19th, which is the Great American Smoke-out nationwide. For more information visit

LUNG FORCE Month Events made possible by Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy

  • Monday November 16, 2pm @ 91.1FM - Line One, Your Health Connection with Dr. Thad Woodard, Dr. Richard Chung & Marge Stoneking, Lung Association in AK E.D.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m. @ Anchorage Senior Ctr- Better Breathers Club Dr. Aaron Kusano Anchorage Senior Center
  • Tuesday November 10, 10:30am @ Palmer Senior Center –Better Breathers Club Dr. John Yordy – Guest Presenter
  • Friday November 27, @ Sullivan Arena – LUNG FORCE Night at the Alaska Aces Dr. Stephen Settle – Guest Presenter

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About the American Lung Association in Alaska

The American Lung Association in Alaska is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in Alaska. Our programs focus on the areas of air quality, tobacco prevention and cessation, and lung health.

For more information about the American Lung Association in Alaska or to support the work it does, call (907) 276-5864 or visit

For More Information Contact:

Marge Stoneking

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