- During this challenging time, it’s important for all those living with lung disease, including COVID-19 and lung cancer to feel hope, optimism, and support.
- Today we are turning turquoise to raise awareness of the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S. – lung cancer.
- I’m wearing TURQUOISE and standing with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, to unite Americans in the fight against lung cancer and lung disease.
- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in the U.S but only 8% of Americans know that it is the leading cancer killer of women.
- In 2020, 18,150 people in Florida will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and 10,580 will succumb to the deadly disease this year.
- Those with lung cancer may have a compromised immune system and more vulnerable for the most severe impacts of COVID-19, and many may have their appointments and treatments delayed due to the pandemic.
CALLS TO ACTION:
- This week is Turquoise Takeover – and we are standing in solidarity with the American Lung Association to raise awareness of lung cancer and lung disease. Stand with us by wearing turquoise to raise awareness and donate to support lifesaving research at LUNGFORCE.org
WHY TAKE ACTION?
- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S.
- In the last 43 years, the lung cancer incidence rate has increased 84% among women, so it’s critically important for women to know their risk and take action to defeat lung cancer.
- For lung cancer patients, the challenges posed by COVID-19 include an increased risk of complications, as well as changes in treatment and screening schedules.