Nov. 13 - Lung Cancer Awareness Month - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Nov. 13 - Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - Residents of the Delmarva Peninsula are joining communities around the nation to recognize the deadly impact of lung cancer by declaring November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Lung cancer claims more lives in the United States each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. In Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia alone, 10,180 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and 7,520 people will pass away from the disease in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society.

Despite lung cancer's devastating toll, awareness of the disease and its risks and symptoms remains low. The amount of federal research funding pales in comparison to the amounts for other cancers. The National  Lung  Cancer  Partnership  is  working  with  advocates,  survivors  and  health  care  professionals from around the country to increase awareness and double the five-year lung cancer survival rate in the United States by 2022.

"It's sad that to this day, there is  still a stigma attached to lung cancer that you have to be a smoker to get this disease," according to Brian Brubaker, Local Event Chair for Free to Breathe Delmarva. "Lung cancer can affect anyone who has lungs, non-smoker and smoker alike - even those who have already quit. Because of this stigma, many are afraid, or don't want to be the first, to start the conversation. When  we  encounter  someone  affected  by  lung  cancer,  we  need  to  have  open,  compassionate conversations  in  order  to  spread  the  message  of  hope.   With  the  help  of  the  community,  local government  leaders,  and  members  of  the  media,  we  can  bring  the  awareness  and  raise  the  funds needed to help double the current survival rate of 16% in the next decade."

"Awareness Month shows how our incredible advocates and volunteers build the national movement to double lung cancer survival by taking local action in their communities. They're doing the important work of raising funds for lifesaving research, creating awareness of symptoms and helping patients get the information and support they need" said Dr.  Regina Vidaver, Executive Director of the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

The  National  Lung  Cancer  Partnership,  patients,  advocates  and  public  officials  urge  all  citizens  to  be aware of the risks and symptoms of lung cancer.

For more information about these risks and symptoms, and how you can join the movement to double lung cancer survival by volunteering or contributing to this movement, visit www.FreeToBreathe.org or www.NationalLungCancerPartnership.org.

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