…but I would like for you to be aware of it anyway! The official awareness month is November, but in case you haven’t heard, there’s a little election going on in November this year.
So, the NC Lung Cancer Initiative has decided to move their fundraising 5K, the LUNGe Forward, to this month, hoping that more people may pay attention to this worthy cause if not distracted by other big events.
The research for a cure for this disease is grossly underfunded due to the stigma that this is a smokers’ disease. Believe me, that is what I always thought, too, until my baby sister was diagnosed at the age of 31, never having smoked a day in her life. She has stage 4 lung cancer caused by a ROS-1 mutation. You can read more about her diagnosis here.
She is currently doing well thanks to medications that have been recently developed to specifically target the ROS-1 mutation. Apparently, her body will eventually resist the medication, but thankfully, new medicines are being developed.
LUNGe Forward 5k
So, if you are looking for something to do on September 25th, or if you are feeling charitable, please consider the NC Lung Cancer Initiative’s LUNGe Forward 5K. They also have a mile walk (in which my kids participated last year) and several vendors. Seeing the lung cancer survivors out there last year was really inspirational! Check out this link for more information, to register, or to donate.
The 411 on Lung Cancer
I posted this info last year, but I think it bears repeating. Here are some facts that are really quite astounding:
- 1 in 14 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
- Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined – it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths.
- Lung cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths in the US.
- Lung cancer in never smokers is the 6th leading cause of US cancer deaths.
- Lung cancer kills almost two times as many women as breast cancer, and three times as many men as prostate cancer.
And this is the one that we have some control over:
This post is not intended to suggest we defund or do not support other cancer awareness programs. It only intends to bring more awareness to the need of more Lung Cancer research and also help break the stigma attached to it that this is a “smoker’s disease”.
American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.