Lung Cancer Awareness Month began as only a single day for Lung Cancer in 1995, but it didn’t take long until that day had turned into a month thanks to the growth in awareness. It is estimated that 221,200 people will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer this year, which is why it’s so important to bring love and support to this cause.
Thanks to increases in awareness and advancements in medicine, a growing number of early diagnoses bode well for the future of the disease. It is important to keep this positive momentum by supporting Lung Cancer resources and advocacy groups.
Here in Boston (and beyond) there are many ways to get involved and support Lung Cancer Awareness Month!
Shine a light of hope: On November 5th the Lung Cancer Alliance presents “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer.” Beginning at 6:30pm on the Belvedere Arcade in Boston, 2015’s “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” takes place in 300 cities across the US. Now in it’s seventh year, Shine a Light’s mission is to ensure that no patient of Lung Cancer feels alone and without acceptance or support. Following the event, the Prudential Center will be lit blue in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The event is free and open to all!
Learn about Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over 200,000 new diagnosed cases per year in the U.S. alone. Despite being one of the most common cancers, the stigma associated with lung cancer has translated into a massive inequality in research funding. It is important to educate yourself and your loved ones to defeat the harmful and unfair stigma. Visit Cancer.net to learn more.
Walk for awareness: Take part in the Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk to End Lung Cancer, hosted by the LUNGevity Foundation on October 31st. Since the first walk in 2006, Breathe Deep has raised over $1.5 million for lung cancer! Find out more at here.
Sing out loud: On November 10th Upstage Lung Cancer, a performing arts center that raises funds for Lung Cancer, will put on “High Hopes: Celebrating Sinatra’s Centennial.” On the eve of his 100th birthday, the show will raise funds for lung cancer research and debunk harmful stereotypes about lung cancer as well as honoring the late Ol’ Blue Eyes. More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.
Tweet for change: Go to the LUNGevity Foundation’s facts gallery found below, print a fact and post a selfie to social media holding the fact sheet with the tag #changelc http://www.lungevity.org/lcam2014/lung-cancer-facts-gallery