This week, the American Lung Association in Alabama is turning turquoise across the state to raise awareness of lung cancer and encourage residents to take action to end the disease.
The annual Lung Cancer Action Week and Turquoise Takeover celebration unites America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. Here in Montgomery and Mobile, the Lung Association is illuminating the Retirement Systems of Alabama and other major landmarks and buildings turquoise throughout Alabama. In addition, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama has proclaimed this week as Lung Cancer Action week in the state of Alabama.
“Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among both women and men in our state, but there is hope. The five-year survival rate has increased by nearly 40% in the past decade thanks to improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening and advancements in research, which have resulted in more than 50 new lung cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2016,” said Ashley Lyerly, Senior Director of Advocacy for Alabama for the American Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Alabama, so we ask you to join us.”
The American Lung Association shares six actions people can take this week to help in efforts to end lung cancer:
Since 2014, LUNG FORCE has raised over $26 million for lifesaving lung cancer research. Visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how you can get involved during Lung Cancer Action Week and join the effort to defeat the disease.
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.