TRENTON, NJ | November 7, 2023
During November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative is celebrating the sustained progress in the effort to end lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. This month, the organization will be sharing the State of Lung Cancer Report with new lung cancer data, as well as raising money for critical research and partnering with RAdata to provide no-cost professional radon testing in the New Jersey region.
“Anyone can get lung cancer, and no one deserves the disease. While lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by over 50% in the past decade and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Ending lung cancer is a strategic imperative of the American Lung Association all year long, but November is a time for us to celebrate successes, honor people impacted by lung cancer and encourage people to take action to end this devastating disease.”
On November 14, the Lung Association will release the sixth annual "State of Lung Cancer" report, which demonstrates how the toll of lung cancer varies by state and examines key indicators throughout the U.S. including new cases, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment and screening rates.
The report will include new data on radon in New Jersey. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. every year. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground and has been found in high amounts in homes in every state. In New Jersey, the American Lung association has partnered with RAdata, a Protect Environmental company, to provide no-cost professional radon testing in the New Jersey region.
Protect Environmental is providing access to professional no-cost radon testing in the New Jersey and New York City region through its national partnership with the American Lung Association. Through this initiative, a qualified professional will conduct a radon test using a certified radon measurement device, providing a detailed report to the homeowner upon completion of the test. If elevated levels are identified, the problem can be fixed through the installation of a mitigation system.
“We discovered that my childhood home had high levels of radon when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, even though he was a nonsmoker,” said Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental. “Our team is doing its part to reduce exposure to radioactive, cancer-causing radon gas in the communities we serve, but more awareness and action is needed to prevent this deadly disease. That’s why we partnered with the Lung Association to break down barriers and empower individuals to reduce their risk of radon exposure through no-cost professional radon testing.”
During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association urges everyone to:
- Test Your Home for Radon: Every home should be tested for radon. Exposure to radon causes no immediate symptoms, but the long-term threat of lung cancer is important to everyone. People who have never smoked make up one out of seven radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Learn more about radon at Lung.org/radon. Reserve your appointment for no-cost professional radon testing in the New Jersey region today.
- Take a quiz to see if you or a loved one are eligible for lung cancer screening: Lung cancer screening is key to early detection of the disease. A person is eligible for lung cancer screening if they are 50-80 years of age, have a 20 pack-year history (1 pack/day for 20 years, 2 packs/day for 10 years), and are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years. Find out if you are eligible for lung cancer screening with this 2-minute quiz at SavedByTheScan.org.
- Support Research: Today, as a part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association is announcing the first-ever Courtney Cox Cole Lung Cancer Research Award. The $1 million research endowment was funded through the dedicated efforts of the Cole family and friends to honor the life and legacy of the late Courtney Cox Cole, who fought valiantly against EGFR-mutant lung cancer while inspiring countless individuals and families impacted by this disease. In its inaugural year, the Courtney Cox Cole Lung Cancer Research Award was given to Wei Tao, PhD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for his project called, “Inhalation delivery of mRNA via Targeted Nanoparticles for Lung Cancer Treatment.” Learn more about this research here and donate to support lifesaving lung cancer research at Lung.org/Donate.
- Join the Patient & Caregiver Network for Critical Lung Cancer Resources: The Lung Association’s Patient & Caregiver Network provides people living with lung cancer and lung disease and their caregivers with critical support, education and access to emerging research like clinical trials. Learn more and sign up for the Patient & Caregiver Network at Lung.org/PCN.
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites those impacted by lung cancer and their caregivers across the country to stand together against lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and about every two minutes, a person in the U.S. learns they have lung cancer. More must be done to raise awareness and the research funding needed to end lung cancer once and for all. Join the movement today at 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, 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.
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