This week, the American Lung Association is turning Rhode Island turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and encourage residents to take action to end the disease. It is estimated that 940 Rhode Islanders 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 Rhode Island the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including the Rhode Island State House, the Omni Group Building, the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Pawtucket River Bridge and more tonight, May 8th! (See Rhode Island + nationwide illumination photos from 2022 here.)
“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 Daniel Bowler, Executive Director of the Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Rhode Island 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:
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, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.