Lung Association Turns Jacksonville Turquoise; Encourages Residents to Take Action to End Lung Cancer

Organization illuminates buildings and landmarks in turquoise, shares stories of those impacted to raise awareness of lung cancer
his week, the American Lung Association in Florida is turning Jacksonville turquoise 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 Jacksonville the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including the Mayo Clinic, Daily's Place, Acosta Bridge, Haskell, and Brunet-Garcia. In addition, the Lung Association has received a proclamation from the City of Jacksonville declaring May 8-14 Lung Cancer Action Week.

“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 Aakash Modi, MD, Local Leadership Board Member for the American Lung Association, and Interventional Pulmonologist with Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Florida, 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:
  1. Join the Jacksonville LUNG FORCE Run/Walk  on October 14 at Haskell or create a DIY Fundraiser to benefit those affected by lung cancer
  2. Share your lung cancer story to raise awareness and inspire hope
  3. Donate to help achieve a world free of lung cancer
  4. Get screened for lung cancer if eligible
  5. Test your home for radon
  6. Learn about the latest educational information on 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.
For more information, contact:

Jill Smith
704-818-4138
[email protected]

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