Lung Cancer Awareness Month: breathe in, reach out


Today's guest blog is written by Richard Gaynor, M.D., senior vice president, product development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology.

Lung cancer statistics – by their very nature – are alarming. One in 14 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime and in the United States, alone, an estimated 159,000 will die of the disease in 2014 – more than colon, breast, and prostate cancers, combined.

Despite these frightening figures, there is much that can be done to promote awareness about this deadly disease to help save lives. This November, during Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is an important time to take action.

One special way that we honored the fight against lung cancer was by hosting our own Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event today. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer is a national initiative by the Lung Cancer Alliance to unite caregivers and patients for moments of support and hope. More than 200 communities will host their own events this month to promote a greater understanding of a disease that literally takes the breath out of each person it affects.

Our program included guest speakers and a moment of silence to recognize those whose lives have been forever changed by lung cancer, their loved ones, and the healthcare providers who fight this global battle daily – one patient at a time.    

True progress against lung cancer takes an active and vocal community. This November, we are happy to breathe in and reach out. If you are interested in hosting your own Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event, visit the Lung Cancer Alliance website to learn more.