Lung Association Celebrates Lung Cancer Action Week and Turns Maine Turquoise

Organization illuminates buildings and landmarks in turquoise, shares stories of those impacted to raise awareness of lung cancer
This week, the American Lung Association is turning Maine turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and encourage residents to take action to end the disease. It is estimated that 1,550 Mainers will be diagnosed in 2023 alone and every day nationally, lung cancer takes the lives of more than 373 of our friends, neighbors and loved ones.  

This year, the American Lung Association has launched Lung Cancer Action Week in coordination with its annual Turquoise Takeover celebration to unite America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. Here in Maine the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including the Joe Bornstein Bldg. (Time + Temp Building), Bath Town, the Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth to Kittery) and even Hotel Concord over the border in New Hampshire tonight, May 8th!  

In addition, the Lung Association is preparing for its annual 180-mile, 3-day Trek Across Maine from June 16-18, 2023 to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer and lung disease. 

“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 Lance Boucher, Director of Advocacy for the Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Maine, so we ask you to join us.”
    
The American Lung Association shares seven actions people can take this week to help in efforts to end lung cancer: 
  1. REGISTER for our annual Trek Across Maine on June 16 - 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. Join our LUNG FORCE and wear your turquoise! Use @LUNGFORCE and #TurquoiseTakeover on social media
  7. 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:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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