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You’re Invited to Kick Off Lung Cancer Awareness Month in DC!

You’re Invited to Kick Off Lung Cancer Awareness Month in DC!

We are holding a press conference at the historic National Press Club on Thursday, November 1, 2018, to kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer advocates are invited! Please join us! The event, which begins at Noon, will be held in the Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC. Lunch will be served.

Kicking off Lung Cancer Awareness Month

This year will be the 3rd annual Lung Cancer Awareness Month Press Conference and Panel Discussion. The event is being organized by the Lung Cancer Action Network (LungCAN), its member organizations, and in collaboration from the International Association for the Study for Lung Cancer.

We are finalizing our panelist list, but so far, confirmed panelists include Paul Billings, American Lung Association; Chris Draft, Chris Draft Family Foundation; Hildy Grossman, PhD., Upstage Lung Cancer; Kyle Hoylman, Cancer Survivors Against Radon; Laura Humphries, LUNGevity; Montessa Lee, author and lung cancer survivor; Kimberly Lester, Lung Cancer Action Network; Gloria Linnertz, Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction; Robert Smith, American Cancer Society’s National Lung Cancer Round Table; Jamie L. Studts, PhD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; and Andrew Ciupek, PhD, Lung Cancer Alliance.

The panel discussion will take a historical look at where lung cancer was a decade ago and where it will be in the coming decade — from advocacy and science perspectives. Those who have been part of the lung cancer advocacy and science movement for many years will share their insights about recent progress. Others will share their aspirations for where our movement will be in the coming years.

Following the press conference, IASLC will host a reception at Clyde & Co., 1775 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006. Fellow advocates, you are welcome to attend this event, as well. You can register HERE.

Spreading lung cancer awareness

This year we will add an exciting new angle to the Press Conference. LungCAN has commissioned a national survey to gauge the general public’s awareness about lung cancer. Those of us enlightened by a lung cancer diagnosis know only too well how woefully ignorant the general public is about this disease. Our National Cancer Awareness Survey will quantify results from 2,000 respondents from across the country. I will write more about this topic in another article. But for now, I will just share that I have had a sneak peek at the results and they confirm what those of us “enlightened” by lung cancer have suspected. In fact, the results are stunning. Respondents were asked to fill in the black to the following statement: (BLANK) is the number one cancer killer of women. (Multiple choice answer options included Breast, Colon, Lung, and Ovarian.) We suspected most people would choose “Breast” as the answer. But we were shocked to see that 94 percent of the respondents were unaware that the correct answer is lung cancer.

Will you be in DC November 1?

To learn more about the National Cancer Awareness Survey, please join us for the Lung Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff in Washington, DC at the historic National Press Club! For those able to attend, we look forward to seeing you there! For those unable to join us in person, we hope you will join us in spirit and share our news on your social media sites.

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