JACKSONVILLE, FL | July 28, 2021
Lung cancer is the nation's leading cause of cancer deaths and most cases are not diagnosed until later stages, when the disease is less curable. This Sunday, August 1 is World Lung Cancer Day, and the American Lung Association in Florida is urging everyone to learn about risk factors for the disease, educate themselves on lung cancer screening, and get involved in a local event to help end lung cancer.
In support of Lung Association’s efforts to defeat lung cancer, you can take the following important actions on World Lung Cancer Day:
- Review the risk factors for lung cancer: It's important to remember that anyone can get lung cancer. The best way to reduce your risk for the disease is to take steps to avoid exposure to the dangerous substances most likely to cause it. Risk factors for lung cancer include smoking, exposure to radon gas, air pollution and secondhand smoke.
- Learn about lung cancer screening: A low-dose CT scan is now recommended for individuals at high risk for lung cancer and has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates. A person is considered high risk if they are between 50–80 years old, have a 20 pack-year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.), and are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years. To learn more, the American Lung Association offers a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz and encourages those concerned about their risk to speak with their doctor.
- Sign Up For a Local Event: The American Lung Association in Florida’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk - Jacksonville will take place at the Haskell Company on Saturday, August 21. For the event, participants will run or walk a 5K along the St. Johns River to help raise awareness and funds to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. Registration for the Jacksonville LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is $30 for adults and $25 for children. For more information and to register, visit LUNGFORCE.org/Jacksonville.
To learn more ways that you can get involved, visit LUNGFORCE.org.
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.
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