LUNGevity Spreads Awareness and Education through November

New Lung Cancer Awareness Month activities launched for advocates
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Linda Wenger
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WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2018) — LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization, provides more ways than ever to get involved for Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November. LUNGevity believes strongly that everyone can drive progress and change for people affected by the disease, and invites its constituents to get involved, whether through social media advocacy, distributing educational materials, attending a Breathe Deep event, or organizing events and activities to raise funds and awareness.

This November, LUNGevity launched two new ways for those with social media savvy to help broaden and strengthen the lung cancer community.  The Foundation is launching the LUNGevity LungCam, a fun video tool that allows Facebook users to share their answers to questions about key issues facing the lung cancer community.  Users are invited to check the LUNGevity website each week for new questions; these personal videos can then be shared across social media networks to engage the community and raise awareness. Advocates are also encouraged to “Wear White on Wednesdays” to spread awareness and show solidarity in the fight against lung cancer.

Additionally, LUNGevity is launching a new Inhale for Life social media campaign to urge non-small cell lung cancer patients to talk to their doctors about biomarker testing, an important first step in accessing precision medicine. The benefit of this testing is illustrated in five moving videos of lung cancer survivors from across the country who are leading active lives today. LUNGevity encourages its social media followers to help disseminate these videos to their personal networks in order to broaden the reach and spread education about the importance of biomarker testing.

“This November, we are equipping individuals with the tools they need to help spread awareness about lung cancer, especially the importance of biomarker testing. We know our community is very active on social media, so we developed compelling content they’ll want to share to reach people who are facing a lung cancer diagnosis,” said Andrea Ferris, President and Chairman of LUNGevity Foundation. “Together we can have the greatest impact on this disease.”

Learn more about how you can participate in Lung Cancer Awareness Month by visiting the LUNGevity website.

 

About LUNGevity Foundation

LUNGevity is the nation's leading lung cancer organization investing in lifesaving, translational research and providing support services and education for patients and caregivers. LUNGevity’s goals are three-fold: (1) accelerate research to patients, (2) empower patients to be active participants in their treatment decisions, and (3) remove barriers that patients face in accessing the right treatments.

LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease. LUNGevity’s comprehensive resources include a medically vetted website, a toll-free HELPLine in partnership with CancerCare®, a unique Lung Cancer Navigator app, peer-to-peer mentoring for patients and caregivers (LUNGevity LifeLine), and survivorship conferences. LUNGevity also helps patients find and navigate clinical trials through our Clinical Trial Finder tool, a Clinical Trial Ambassador program, and participation with EmergingMed.

Our vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer. For more information about LUNGevity Foundation, a four-star Charity Navigator organization, please visit www.LUNGevity.org.

About Lung Cancer in the U.S.

  • About 1 in 16 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
  • More than 234,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
  • About 60%-65% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
  • Lung cancer takes more lives than the next three leading cancers (colorectal, breast, and prostate) combined
  • Only 19% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance of 5-year survival improves dramatically