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The Stand Against Lung Cancer

turquoise-ribbon

Turquoise….

What does the wearing of the turquoise shaped ribbon signify?

That either the wearer or someone close to the wearer is battling lung cancer.

Today I learned just how devastating the effects of lung cancer can be. I did not realize it was as prevalent as it is. Below I have added a few articles that address the situation.

We must educate ourselves.

Women’s Lung Health Week 2016

WHEREAS, every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer; and

WHEREAS, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, advocacy and increased awareness will increase the availability of quality treatment for women with lung cancer and other lung diseases and will save lives; and

WHEREAS, LUNG FORCE, the national movement led by the American Lung Association,  unites women to stand together with strength and determination to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to increasing research and awareness of lung cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 9-13, 2016, as WOMEN’S LUNG HEALTH WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

 

New research: Lung cancer can lie hidden for years

(click above to watch short video clip)

How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). In men, prostate cancer is more common, while in women breast cancer is more common. About 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2016 are:

  • About 224,390 new cases of lung cancer (117,920 in men and 106,470 in women)
  • About 158,080 deaths from lung cancer (85,920 in men and 72,160 in women)

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, while less than 2% are younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 70.

 

This information is daunting, but we will continue to fight. If you or a love one has been effected by cancer don’t give up, get the best care you can and take care of yourself.

Surround yourself with loving positive people, this is no time to have negative people bringing your spirits down. I’m praying for any and all that will read this post that are effected by this disease.

Cancer is a word

Cancer is a word, not a sentence
It's only the beginning, not the finish
A mountain filled with rocky terrain
A terrorist inside, desperate to claim

But you're a warrior through and through
This foreign intruder has not a clue
A strike of lightening as the sun shines bright
Knocks you down with vengeful spite

Although it may feel like the end is near
With God on your side, the fog will clear
At the end of this road is path of victory
The invasion, simply a page of history


To see other poems by Anna Hopper click on the title of this poem. Thank you Anna.