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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, November 12, 2009 General News J E 4
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Governor Beshear Issues Official Proclamation

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Lung Cancer Alliance:

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO)

WHAT: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. To help raise awareness of the disease and the need to do more to help those impacted, Governor Steve Beshear issued a proclamation officially declaring November Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Kentucky.

WHEN: November 2009

WHERE: Throughout the month of November, LCA-Kentucky volunteers will be representing the lung cancer community at health fairs and scattered events that raise the awareness of lung cancer.

WHO: LCA-Kentucky volunteers include survivors, family members, friends, local leaders and health professionals all willing to speak to the need for increased compassion and support of lung cancer. Lung Cancer Survivor Nancy Alvey and Lung Cancer Oncologist Goetz Kloecker, M.D., are available for interviews.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death both nationally and in Kentucky. In 2009, it will claim more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined. Of the 4,650 Kentucky residents who will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, more than 60 percent will be never-smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago.

About Lung Cancer Alliance

The Lung Cancer Alliance (www.LungCancerAlliance.org) is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer and those at risk for the disease. Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to reversing the decades of stigma and neglect by empowering patients, elevating awareness and changing health policy.

Local Lung Cancer Awareness Month Activities

Local volunteer and lung cancer survivor Nancy Alvey will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in awareness activities with the Lung Cancer Alliance on November 15-17, 2009. Nancy will be a part of legislative training activities on Monday the 16th and will conduct appointments with Kentucky legislators on Tuesday the 17th. One item on the agenda with legislators will be discussing the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009. Nancy will be delivering letters from both the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville and the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington in support of this legislation.

The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009 involves over a dozen federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Health and Human Services, in devising a comprehensive and coordinated plan to address this lethal disease and reduce its mortality.

Local Lung Cancer Alliance volunteers will set up an information booth at the local Louisville Veterans Hospital on Tuesday, November 17th from 8:00-11:00 am. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among veterans. Vietnam Veterans have died of lung cancer at a 58% higher rate than veterans who did not serve there.

The November meeting of the local volunteers for the Lung Cancer Alliance will be held at Gilda's Club, 622 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40202 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 18th. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Lung Cancer Alliance mission.

SOURCE Lung Cancer Alliance
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