What began as one awareness day back in November of 1995 has grown into Lung Cancer Awareness Month, now in its 20th year, as the lung cancer movement expanded and activities increased. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, but is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Although the risk of developing lung cancer is highest in smokers (about 90%), many people who do not smoke develop lung cancer each year.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved and help spread lung cancer awareness throughout the month of November – and year-round.
- Shine a Light on Lung Cancer: This year’s 7th annual global event, hosted by Lung Cancer Alliance, is taking place on November 5, and is largest coordinated awareness event for lung cancer in the U.S. The lighting of the flashlights in local communities honors survivors and loved ones, and provides hope, inspiration and support for everyone touched by lung cancer. Find the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event near you!
- Do your part in fundraising for a cure: Participate in the event of your choice, on your own or with family and friends, and fundraise to support Lung Cancer Alliance or another lung cancer mission of your choice. Don’t forget, PatientsLikeMe will make a donation to your fundraising efforts – and provide team t-shirts – through PatientsLikeMeInMotion. All you have to do is join PatientsLikeMe, get 3 stars on your profile and submit your team details.
- Take part in local, national or global events: Take part in one of many events hosted by Lung Cancer Alliance, our partners at LUNGevity, or host and attend your own event!
- Spread awareness through social media: Make a difference in your social networks. Lung Cancer Alliance offers some sample posts to get started.
- Become a #LUNGFORCEday social ambassador: Launched by the American Lung Association, the LUNG FORCE initiative aims to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.
How are you showing your support for those touched by lung cancer this November, or in the months ahead? Share your awareness efforts, and experience with lung cancer, in the PatientsLikeMe forum, and connect with more than 3,380 others living with lung cancer on the site.
Back in 1995, a few organizations came together to recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Day – there were a few awareness activities and some scattered fundraisers. Fast forward to now. Almost 20 years later, over 125 different lung cancer events are spread across three continents during the month of November. This is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) wants you and everyone you know to help shine a light on this pulmonary condition.
Here is some information you might not know, and can tell others about lung cancer:
- In 2014, over 220,000 new people will be diagnosed with lung cancer1
- Lung cancer is the most common cancer among both men and women
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of death among every ethnic group, and the second leading cause of death in the U.S.2
- Almost 80% of those diagnosed are former or non-smokers
We got a jump-start here at PatientsLikeMe. Right on November 1st, some on the team joined in the LUNGevity Foundation’s ninth annual Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk. They’re a new partner of ours, and together, we’ll be collaborating to increase the number of lung cancer members on the site so that more patient-reported information can potentially guide research on the condition. Check out what else our partners at LUNGevity are doing to raise awareness.
How can you help shine your own spotlight on lung cancer this November?
If you’re living with lung cancer, shining a spotlight might mean giving that extra support to someone who’s going through a similar journey. Vickie just shared her story on the blog, and there are more than 1,000 lung cancer members on PatientsLikeMe. Every day, they are giving support and finding answers from others who understand what it’s like to live with lung cancer. Join in.
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