It's the Little Things In Life That Make All the Difference

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among every American.

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among every American. It kills twice as many women as breast cancer, however, research funding for breast cancer is 5 times greater than lung cancer research funding. This is a problem, and something we as women should all be taking into consideration. Neither one trumps the other, but something that is affecting such a wide group of Americans should be taken into greater consideration. 

As dramatic as it may seem, Lung cancer knows no bounds. It doesn't discriminate, and anyone can become affected by it.  It strikes smokers, non-smokers, women, all races and all ages. If you have lungs you are at risk. So, basically, all of us.

Somehow, lung cancer remains "the forgotten" cancer due in part to a five-year survival rate of only 15%. Sadly, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease. But, that doesn't mean we can't do anything about it. Together, we can begin to start the conversation and get more people involved in research and finding a cure. 

The survival rates for all cancers are directly related to the amount of funding available for research into their early detection, treatments, and, potentially, cures, which means that now more than ever we must be putting our focus towards this. The survival rate for breast, prostate and colon cancers have all increased dramatically as more federal funding has been made available to researchers focusing on these cancers. We should be able to do the same for lung cancer

In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Gilberto Lopesand lung cancer survivor Juanita Segura spoke to Quirky Daily about how the Lung Cancer Foundation of America is working to fund life-saving research to help change the outcomes for some and providing much needed hope for all diagnosed patients.

Fitness instructor and all around epic woman, Juanita, was diagnosed with a very aggressive lung cancer in November, 2014, just as she was about to open her own CrossFit studio. Due to advances in immunotherapy Juanita has shown significant improvement and is now strong enough to fulfill her dream of opening her own studio. Get it, girl! Together she and Dr. Lopes will shared their stories of hope and amazing medical advances against lung cancer.

As a woman, you can help the Lung Cancer Foundation of America fund research to save lives by joining the 30 Days 30 Ways campaign. One way to help is by getting involved in the social media campaign, which is called"The Little Things." Emphasizing the little things you do daily that make you grateful for a healthy set of lungs. Whatever it is, let them know about the "Little Things" that make you grateful for healthy lungs at lcfamerica.org

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