American Lung Association Celebrates Turquoise Takeover, Envisions World Free of Lung Cancer

Dallas turns turquoise to champion the lives affected by lung cancer, the nation’s number one cancer killer of women

The American Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative is turning Dallas turquoise during Turquoise Takeover from June 14-20 to raise awareness of the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S. As a sign of hope, Dallas landmarks Comerica Bank, Bank of America, Fountain Place, Omni Hotel, One AT&T Plaza and other landmarks across the country 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 Dallas turquoise to raise awareness of the fact that anyone can get lung cancer, and no one deserves it,” said American Lung Association in Texas Executive Director, Holly Motteram. “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.

The Lung Association’s Turquoise Takeover kicked off on Sunday June 14, with a virtual yoga flow class hosted by fitness ambassador and influencer, Thomas Renner.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating Turquoise Takeover and showing our support for all those affected by lung cancer and lung disease,” Motteram said. “Together, we have made important strides and rallied support for lung cancer education, awareness and research. However, there’s much work that remains, as only 8% of respondents to the American Lung Association’s Lung Health Barometer knew that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women.”

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.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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