BIRMINGHAM, AL | June 17, 2020
The American Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative is turning Alabama turquoise during Turquoise Takeover (June 14-20) to raise awareness of the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S. As a sign of hope, landmarks and communities across the nation will be illuminated in turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. During this challenging time, it’s important for all those living with lung disease, including COVID-19 and lung cancer to feel hope, optimism, and support amidst the pandemic.
“This week we are turning Alabama turquoise to raise awareness of the fact that anyone can get lung cancer, and no one deserves it,” said American Lung Association Director of Advocacy, Ashley Lyerly. “We’re are proud to stand with those facing the disease, particularly during these difficult times and raise funds to support new treatments and better methods of early detection so that we can save more lives.”
Although lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among Americans, there has been a dramatic 28% improvement in the lung cancer survival rate over the past 10 years. This encouraging trend is aided by our support of early detection through lung cancer screening and advancements in research, which have resulted in 30 new lung cancer treatments approved by the U.S. FDA since 2016.
During Turquoise Takeover the Lung Association is highlighting the inspirational stories of LUNG FORCE Heroes, those whose lives have been impacted by lung cancer, including local Huntsville resident Kara Howard. Kara was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 34.
“I developed a cough that wouldn't seem to go away a couple months before I sought treatment,” said Howard. “When I became short of breath, I finally went to see the doctor. I was misdiagnosed several times, and nothing seemed to be working. I checked myself into the ER and five days later I had a diagnosis. I began a targeted therapy treatment in which I take a pill every day. My treatment is very much dependent on research, so I am hopeful that there are more options to come.”
Facts about lung cancer:
- About every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told that she has lung cancer.
- One in 17 women will develop lung cancer in their lifetime.
- In the last 43 years, the lung cancer incidence rate among men has fallen 38% among men, while increasing 84% among women.
- Close to half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not even survive one year, and the five-year survival rate for women with lung cancer is only one in four.
During Turquoise Takeover the American Lung Association encourages everyone to get involved by wearing turquoise, turning their social media profiles turquoise and donating to support lifesaving research at LUNGFORCE.org.
As LUNG FORCE’s national presenting sponsor, CVS Health is committed to raising funds and support for lung cancer education, awareness and research. LUNG FORCE is grateful to CVS Health for more than five years in support of our efforts to defeat lung cancer.
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 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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