Since 1995, Lung Cancer Awareness Day has been held each November, as a way to spread knowledge about all forms of the disease, including mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer.
To raise knowledge of these issues, however, it takes funding. Communities and organizations participate by hosting a series of non-profit events throughout the month of November, including walks, runs, and “yogathons.” One particular fundraiser, Free to Breathe, hopes to raise enough funds and awareness that the rate of lung cancer is enough to double the survival rate of patients within the next eight years.
“Free to Breathe” is focused on advancing scientific breakthroughs in lung cancer by funding research with the greatest potential to result in new treatment options and increased survival,” said David LeDuc, director of the non-profit.
Unfortunately, lung cancer survival rate has not decreased much in the past decade. Yet, non-profits such as “Free to Breathe” and others are dedicated to pushing on, not only by hosting non-profit events, but also launching new grant initiatives to help fund research.
“Since we know that patient survival is higher when the cancer has not spread to other organs in the body, “Free to Breathe” recently launched a new research grant program that will provide larger amounts of funding to researchers focused on stopping the spread of lung cancer,” DeLuc said.
In addition to Free to Breathe, several other non-profits organizations, as well as medical centers, are coming together this month to help spread awareness including:
- Beards for Hope
- Memorial Cancer Institute
- Breathe Deep
- The Lung Cancer Alliance
“LUNGevity,” the nation’s biggest private funding organization for lung cancer research, is responsible for organizing the country’s largest grassroots events for lung cancer awareness. In addition, they offer education resources and community support for lung cancer victims and their loved ones. A few examples of this month’s scheduled events include the “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” vigil, and many walks and runs.
Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Awareness
Although mesothelioma has its own day each year, on Sept. 26, to bring awareness to the life-threatening disease, many efforts are also made to spread knowledge about it during November. Although it’s a cancer that can attack the areas around the lungs, among other organs, it greatly mimics lung cancer, and is therefore included in the November initiative.
Experts suggest that anyone who worked in industries that once used asbestos may be at risk for developing mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. The problem, however, is that the majority of people are unaware if asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used at their workplace. Furthermore, mesothelioma’s long latency period of up to 50 years makes it even more difficult to to detect.
If you are unsure if you or a loved one worked around asbestos, it’s important to get regular medical check-ups. The sooner the disease is detected, the better. Job sites associated with asbestos include: chemical plants, paper mills, construction sites, ship yards, manufacturing plants, automobile shops, fire stations, and more.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness, keep in mind that you may be eligible for substantial compensation. With more than $30 billion currently available in asbestos trust funds, now is the time to take the first steps in determining what you may be entitled to. Get in touch with our knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyers today and let us help determine what you may qualify for.