Today, August 1, is World Lung Cancer Day

Today, August 1, is World Lung Cancer Day

The American Lung Association acknowledges those who have been touched by lung cancer. An estimated 224,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, but thanks to advances in medicine through research, the army of survivors grows every year.

Research: As part of the American Lung Association’s continuing efforts to find cures and improved treatments for lung cancer, the organization has committed nearly 50% more research funding for lung cancer since last year. The American Lung Association is asking you to urge Congress to increase funding for lung cancer research.

Screening:  Questions about lung cancer screening? Learn more.

Support: The American Lung Association is also committed to supporting lung cancer patients and their caregivers. Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One is an invaluable support resource with accessible, easy-to-understand information. This website offers support and guidance for people facing lung cancer no matter where they are in their journey.

Also, be sure to visit the Lung Connection, a free online support community, and the join Living with Lung Cancer group to share experiences and support with peers.

Did you know that every 5 minutes a woman in the US is told she has lung cancer and that lung cancer death rates in women has more than doubled over the past 35 years? Lung Force, the Association’s new initiative, aims to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.

Videos: A unique feature of the Facing Lung Cancer site, is the Interactive Library, a collection of informative videos. In the latest video, “Navigating Lung Cancer: Stories of Support” patients and caregivers share their experiences in an effort to help others through the emotional and physical challenges of the disease. 

Another video, Your Profile, Your Goals, guides users through an interactive process. Viewers are prompted to answer questions about their specific lung cancer at designated decision points throughout the video. Based upon their responses, users then proceed to a video section tailored to their specific needs. At the end of the video, the user can print out a tailored and personalized list of questions for discussion with their care team.

Please support the American Lung Association by making a donation today.