Lung Association Turns South Carolina Turquoise; Encourages Residents to Take Action to End Lung Cancer

Mayor Tecklenburg proclaims second week in May as Lung Cancer Action Week, local news anchors wear turquoise on air and LUNG FORCE heroes share personal stories to raise awareness about lung cancer
This week, the American Lung Association in South Carolina is turning Charleston turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and to encourage residents to take action to end the disease.

The annual Lung Cancer Action Week and Turquoise Takeover celebration unites America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. Charleston Mayor, John J. Tecklenburg has proclaimed this second week in May to be Lung Cancer Action Week. Additionally, local news anchors, Carolyn Murray with WCBD News 2 and Mel Orlins with ABC News 4 will be donning turquoise on air to help spread awareness.

“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 Margaret Ann Youngs, Development Director of the American Lung Association in South Carolina. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in South Carolina, so we ask you to join us.”
                                            
The American Lung Association shares six actions people can take this week to help in efforts to end lung cancer:
  1. 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. 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:

Jill Smith
704-818-4138
[email protected]

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