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Southeast Michigan Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research

American Lung Association event at the Detroit Zoo supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.

(September 13, 2018) - MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich.

For more information please contact:

Gregg Tubbs
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(202) 715-3469

On September 30, the American Lung Association in Michigan will host the 5th annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in America, and the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

“The community is invited to join us as we walk together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health” said LUNG FORCE Walk Detroit Committee Member, Teena Culhane. “LUNG FORCE Walks are a time to laugh, learn and imagine a world free of lung disease. This event helps forge lasting connections between participants who are impacted by lung disease.”
LUNG FORCE Walks are a signature fundraising event at the American Lung Association. raised support research, advocacy and educational programs. Our efforts bring new hope and determination to those battling lung cancer.

Join us at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, September 30. Registration and Check-In will open at 7:30 am with Zoo gates opening at 8:00 AM. Warm up festivities will begin on the Health Alliance Plan stage beginning at 8:30 AM.

“Although lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in the United States, few are aware of the widespread impact of the disease in our community. Said Maureen Rovas, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Michigan. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer. We invite everyone in the Southeast MI area to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues as we unite against lung cancer and for people impacted by lung disease everywhere.”

According to the Lung Association's 4th annual Lung Health Barometer, 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, lung cancer is not a top-of-mind health concern for 97 percent of women. Every day, more than 400 friends, neighbors, and loved ones lose their lives to lung cancer, with a new diagnosis occurring every two and a half minutes.

In Michigan, approximately 8,780 of women and men are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and on average, only 46.7 percent of 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. However, screening is currently underutilized, as estimates indicate that less than 5 percent of high-risk Americans have been screened for lung cancer. LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and raises critical funds for research into better early detection methods and precision treatments for lung cancer. 

The American Lung Association offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA for information, resources and support services. Visit Lung.org/lung-cancer for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.

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About the American Lung Association

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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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