Pull out your turquoise tie, scarf, socks or any other item tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9, to support the American Lung Association in Kentucky’s effort to call attention to the #1 cancer killer in the nation, lung cancer.
The annual Turquoise Takeover celebration unites America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, symbolic of clean air and breath.
“While Kentucky has the highest lung cancer incidence and mortality rates in the country, there is hope. The five-year survival rate has increased by nearly 40% nationwide in the past decade thanks to improved early detection of the disease and Kentucky is among the very best in country in this lung cancer screening,” said Shannon Baker, Advocacy Director, of the Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky, so we ask you to join us.”
To help join the effort, we ask the media and public to wear turquoise, take a photo and use #LUNGFORCE.
Want to take it a step further? Here are some other steps people can take next week to help our 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, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.