On Monday, May 8th, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano commemorated the American Lung Association’s Lung Force, “Women’s Lung Health Week” by illuminating the dome on the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building turquoise.
“It is important to educate residents on how lung cancer affects women and that lung cancer is both treatable and there is an increased chance of survival when caught early through screening,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our goal is to promote awareness and encourage Nassau County residents to learn more about detection and treatment for lung cancer and other lung diseases.”
In 2014, the American Lung Association launched their Lung Force campaign, which is the national movement led by the American Lung Association with the mission to unite women to stand together to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health. Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the United States and kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer.
It is important for men and women to both be aware of the key facts and misconceptions about lung cancer. Many people believe that smoking is one of the major causes of lung cancer but as a result of research and data done on the state of lung cancer in women by the American Lung Association it shows that 10 percent of lung cancer cases are among people who have never smoked. Many people are unaware that genetics, as well as exposures to secondhand smoke, radon gas and air pollution also play an important role in causing lung cancer. The American Lung Association data also showed that 10 percent of lung cancer causes are among never smokers and women with lung cancer are twice as likely as men to identify as never smokers.
To learn more about the Lung Force and the American Lung Association visit www.lungne.org.
Pictured from left to right: Michael Seilback of the American Lung Association, recognizing this week in May as Anne Little from the Asthma Coalition of Long Island, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Claudia Guglielmo from the Asthma Coalition of Queens County and Carol Meschkow from the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island