Lung Cancer Research Call-In Day

Lung Cancer Call-In Day: June 6, 2012

The American Lung Association invites you to participate in Lung Cancer Research Call-In Day on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. This is an opportunity for all of us to speak with one voice about the need for lung cancer research to be a national priority.

How to Call Your Representatives in Washington

Find the names and phone numbers of your elected officials in Washington by visiting http://action.lung.org/findyourmembers and typing in your zip code.

What to Say When You Call

On Wednesday, June 6, please call your 3 representatives in Congress (2 Senators and 1 House Member). Each call will only take a minute but will make a difference.  Here are some suggested talking points:

  • My name is [INSERT NAME] and I’m calling from [INSERT NAME OF TOWN].
  • I’m calling to urge [Senator [NAME]/Representative [NAME]] to support funding for lung cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the U.S, killing nearly 160,000 people every year.
  • Improved cancer treatment has increased overall cancer survival rates to all-time high levels, however people with lung cancer still have only a 16 percent chance of surviving 5 years or longer.
  • Additional research for lung cancer treatment, prevention and patient services is long overdue. We need more funding for research so that surviving lung cancer becomes the norm instead of the exception.
  • [PLEASE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL STORY ABOUT HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.]
  • I want to urge [Senator [NAME]/Representative [NAME]] to fight for additional funding for lung cancer research.
  • Thank you.

To maximize the impact of these calls, please make your calls on Wednesday, June 6.

Tell Your Friends and Colleagues!

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to participate. Send them the flyers posted below, and encourage them to post about it on Facebook, or tweet about it using #LungCancerNIH.

Additional Links and Resources

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.