Honolulu Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to End Lung Cancer
(November 10, 2015) -
American Lung Association in Hawaii Hosts Event at Magic Island/Ala Moana Beach Park to
Support LUNG FORCE, a Nationwide Initiative Fighting Lung Cancer in Women
HONOLULU – On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the American Lung Association in Hawaii will host its second annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. Now in its second year, this initiative seeks to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.
The event will be held at Magic Island/Ala Moana Beach Park; 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. Linda Kalahiki of UHA Health Insurance will serve as the Honolulu LUNG FORCE Walk Honorary Chair. Registration begins at 8 am on November 14 and the walk begins at 9:20 am. There are two Walk routes available for participants: a Heroes’ lap that is .23 miles or the full walk which is 1.6 miles long. Festivities and activities include yogic stretching, massage services, and face painting, along with sponsor and exhibit booths.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Kim Nguyen of the American Lung Association in Hawaii. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in Hawaii to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”
According to the Lung Association's Women's Lung Health Barometer, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the #1 cancer killer of women, only 1 percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them.
In Hawaii, about 342 women are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and another 234 lose their lives to the disease. Statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.
The American Lung Association in Hawaii offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit www.LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Visit our website, Lung.org/facinglungcancer, for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.
About the American Lung Association in Hawaii
The American Lung Association in Hawaii is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization, working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in Hawaii. 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 Hawaii or to support the work it does, call 808-537-5966 or visit http://www.lung.org/about-us/local-associations/hawaii.html.
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