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Honolulu residents join Lung Force walk to end lung cancer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the American Lung Association in Hawaii will host its first LUNG FORCE Walk to support a new nationwide initiative against lung cancer and for lung health. LUNG FORCE is a new effort to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in America.

Two walk routes will be offered at Magic Island: the full walk is approximately 1.6 miles, with the option for a shorter Heroes' Lap of .23 miles. In addition to the Walk component, the event will feature mission and sponsor tents, keiki activities, yogic stretching, jazzercise, breathing exercises, prize drawings and more.

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them,” said Kim Nguyen, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Hawaii, Oahu. “What few people know is that lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as a cause of women's death in 1987. This has to change! This walk is an opportunity to rally our wahine, ohana, friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices against lung cancer—and for lung health for everyone.”

According to the Lung Association's first Women's Lung Health Barometer, a survey of more than 1,000 American women, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the top cancer killer of women, the Barometer revealed that only one percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them. Furthermore, statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. And anyone can get lung cancer – two-thirds of lung cancer cases are in those who have never smoked or have successfully quit smoking.

Here in Hawaii, about 280 women are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and another 191 women lose their lives to the disease. Locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE will educate and empower patients and healthcare providers, focus public policy on addressing the disease and its causes, and raise critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.

The LUNG FORCE Walk will kick off at 8 a.m. with registration. The Walk will begin at 9 a.m. To become a sponsor or to register a LUNG FORCE Walk Team, contact Kim Nguyen at (808) 687-5375, knguyen@ala-hawaii.org, or click here.

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