A Force to Be Reckoned With | Lung Force

Posted on Oct 20th 2014 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

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In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer death in women. But this disease is not gender specific, as today, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  American Cancer Society research shows that lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). An estimated 159,260 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Florida Blue is a proud supporter of the American Lung Association and its fight against this deadly disease.  As part of our sponsorship, we helped launch the first annual Lung Force Walk in Jacksonville, Florida. Lung Force is a national effort to spread awareness of the risks of lung cancer, and raise a voice for change in an effort to reduce the impact of this dreadful form of cancer. Watch the video below to find out more about Lung Force and hear some of the stories from people who have been affected by this terrible disease. Increasing awareness and education will help us fight lung cancer and save lives.  Learn how you can help at LungForce.org.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC WONDER On-line Database, compiled from Compressed Mortality File 1999-2010 Series 20 No. 2P, 2013

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Sharon LaSure-Roy

Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.

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