Next week, May 9 – May 15, the American Lung Association in North Carolina will celebrate LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover.
The LUNG FORCE initiative’s annual Turquoise Takeover unites men and women to raise critical awareness of lung cancer, the nation’s #1 cancer killer. North Carolina residents are encouraged to get involved by wearing turquoise, posting to social media and educating themselves about lung cancer.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of lung health, especially for those with lung diseases. For many with lung cancer, the burden has become more acute, with the pandemic adding more challenges, such as increased risk of complications from COVID-19 and changes or delays in treatment,” said Jennifer Hall, executive director for the Lung Association. “The pandemic also temporarily delayed access to lung cancer screening for many people at high risk. Among diverse communities who have been hardest hit by COVID-19, these difficulties may be even worse. For these reasons and many more, raising awareness and funds for lung health are more important than ever.”
Every year as a part of Turquoise Takeover, landmarks and buildings across our nation turn turquoise - LUNG FORCE’s signature color - to increase education and provide hope for those living with lung cancer.
On May 11, the Lung Association is also hosting a free Lung Cancer Patient Virtual Meetup, a program designed for lung cancer patients and caregivers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer. During the event, Lung Association in North Carolina Local Leadership Board Member Mike Smith will share his journey with lung cancer, and speak about being physically active, targeted therapy treatment, research and clinical trials, and perseverance for being his own patient advocate. Those interested can register at Lung.org/patient-meetup.
While lung cancer remains the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% over the past 5 years and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. This encouraging trend will be further aided by improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening. The Lung Association’s “Saved By the Scan” initiative has helped more than 600,000 people find out if they are eligible for early screening.
Those who want to help raise funds and defeat lung cancer can visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to get involved.
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. 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.