November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on November 10, 2015
It’s hard to believe that it’s now November, and that doesn’t only mean Thanksgiving, pumpkin-everything, and apple cider; it’s also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Every November we at the Goodson Classic try to honor Barron’s memory by doing our part to end the stigma surrounding this disease, make others aware of the symptoms, and remind folks that lung cancer does not discriminate.
Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer-related deaths? More women will be diagnosed with lung cancer than breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers combined. More people will die this year of lung cancer than prostate, colon and breast cancer combined. Approximately 20% of all lung cancer patients have never smoked, like Barron, and 60% stopped smoking 15-20 years ago. In the US alone, between 20,000 and 30,000 non-smokers are diagnosed with the disease every year. Yet because of the stigma, research for this disease has been disproportionately under-funded. In fact, it receives the least funding from the National Cancer Institute. If you have lungs, you should know the symptoms.
However, this has been a banner year in the fight against lung cancer, with new testing and treatment therapies and other advancements to give hope to patients and their families. The Goodson Classic are proud to support the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, and their blog is kept up to date with all the latest information.
This year, the Goodson Classic are donating $660.00 to the LCINC; that’s $10 for every year of what would have been Barron’s 66th birthday this past August. In honor of Barron, of a loved one, or in support of all those fighting the disease, please consider donating to the LCINC this month. Their work is invaluable to our cause and every donation counts.
You can also show support this month by wearing pearls, your white cancer ribbons, and even by sharing this post on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media pages. Together, we are helping to end the stigma and thereby encourage everyone to be mindful of their lung health, and to offer hope and a future to all those affected, just as Barron would have us do. Thank you for your continued support this month and always.