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Letter: Lung cancer awareness urged


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

This year, approximately 160,340 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer, accounting for 28 percent of all cancer deaths. That is why there is an entire month dedicated to this disease, raising awareness and increasing research to help put an end to it.

People like to think that lung cancer is a self-inflicted disease from smoking. The truth is that radon, second-hand smoke and air pollution all can cause lung cancer. The American Lung Association encourages everyone to help stomp out the stigma of lung cancer and increase awareness about the disease.

The American Lung Association launched a new online resource at designed to guide and support those living with lung cancer and their loved ones during every stage of the disease. I encourage everyone affected by lung cancer to visit this website to learn more.

Deb Brown

President and CEO

American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

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