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November 1, 2007
Today marks the start of Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM). Many will recognize this anniversary by organizing events or participating in activities to honor loved ones, elevate awareness and advocate for increased compassion and support for the most stigmatized and ignored of all cancers.
The “movement” is starting to have an impact. In only three years, with less than 1% of breast cancer’s advocacy army, public awareness about lung cancer is growing. The media is starting to more accurately present lung cancer facts. The public is becoming more aware of the massive under funding of the disease, and that it is hitting more non-smokers and former smokers than current smokers. First-ever legislation related to lung cancer is moving in Congress and state legislatures, and research has evolved to now offer early detection for those at elevated risk for lung cancer.
Originally started as a one day event in November 1995 by LCA'S predecessor organization, the designation of November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month has gone worldwide, thanks to the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), of which LCA is a member. This year’s plans include a new website and multi-lingual educational material.
During November, LCA will do its best to provide regular updates on activities and events underway across the country to help link willing hearts and hands and to provide suggestions on how to get involved. Here are a few of our key initiatives:
Here is what you can do to build momentum:
To quote Helen Keller:
“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker”.
All of our efforts are turning the tide. There is no stopping us now!
Laurie Fenton Ambrose
President and CEO
Lung Cancer Alliance