Phoenix Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research
American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative aims to raise awareness about lifesaving lung cancer screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
(November 1, 2017) -
To recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, the American Lung Association in Arizona will host its fourth annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Mesa Riverview Park. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, and this year nearly 4,000 Arizona residents will be diagnosed with the disease.
The LUNG FORCE Walk will feature interactive education areas, family games and activities and inspiring stories of hope. Walkers will also be raising funds for lung disease research, education and advocacy. Registration and activities began at 8 a.m.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few men and women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Julie Reid, executive director of the American Lung Association in Arizona. “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 the Phoenix area to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”
The LUNG FORCE Walk will honor and recognize some of Phoenix’s LUNG FORCE Heroes, including Kateri Langseth, a mother of two who was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. After her initial diagnosis, chemotherapy and radiation, doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to the liver. But thanks to advancements in treatment, Langseth’s doctors found a genetic mutation that made her eligible for targeted therapy.
“I’m now 37 and living with stage IV lung cancer, hoping that medicine advances faster than my tumors,” Langseth said. “Raising money and awareness around lung disease is crucial to saving lives.”
One reason why lung cancer is so deadly is because by the time you have symptoms, it may already have spread and become more difficult to treat. Lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan is a powerful tool to diagnose lung cancer in individuals who are at high risk at an early stage, when it is much more likely to be curable. An estimated 9 million Americans are considered at high risk for lung cancer, and if only half of those at high risk were screened, more than 15,000 could be saved. Despite the lifesaving potential of screening, 84 percent of those who qualify are unfamiliar with the low-dose CT scan, according to the American Lung Association’s 4th annual Lung Health Barometer.
To raise awareness about lung cancer screening, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative has partnered with the Ad Council to launch the “Saved By The Scan” public awareness campaign – urging everyone to learn more about lung cancer screening.
This year’s LUNG FORCE Walk – Phoenix is sponsored by CVS Health, Cancer Treatment Centers of American, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, CARE 1st health Plan Arizona, Banner Home Care and Hospice, OnePoint Patient Care, SRP, Sunovion, Celgene, Bashas’, Dignity Health, Foresters Financial, Honor Health – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network and Green Living Magazine.
For media interested in speaking with a medical expert about lung health or a LUNG FORCE Hero about the LUNG FORCE Walk – Phoenix, contact Heather Mangan at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7631.
About the American Lung Association in Arizona
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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