By Lung Cancer Alliance and the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC)
Today is World Cancer Day, a chance to raise awareness, encourage discussion, highlight misconceptions about the disease and most importantly, celebrate our survivors. Through the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), we are working in tandem with 27 other lung cancer organizations from around the world to improve outcomes for all lung cancer patients, worldwide.
On this World Cancer Day, we commit to the global lung cancer community to bring attention to continue our work in the following areas:
Placing lung cancer on the global healthcare agenda
Screening is here in the US! There are screening centers of excellence for those at high risk and insurance is beginning to cover this life saving benefit for those who need it most. This also has the potential to accelerate research on earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Changing public perceptions and lessen the stigma of lung cancer
No one deserves to die from lung cancer. This message is coming through more since our No One Deserves to Die campaign launched. Our amazing volunteers have also helped us create the largest coordinated awareness event for lung cancer in the world! www.shinealightonlungcancer.org.
Empowering lung cancer patients to take an active role in their care
Knowledge is power. If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed or is battling lung cancer, please call our HelpLine at 1-800-298-2436 and we can help.
Effecting change in legislative or regulatory policies to optimize treatment and care
The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, historic lung cancer legislation, passed a year ago. $78M secured through a lung cancer research pipeline within the Department of Defense. Now, with your help, we are working to secure access and coverage for screening and treatments!
Lung Cancer Alliance and all of the organizations within GLCC want you to know that on World Cancer Day and throughout the year, we are committed to celebrating you and working for change that will ultimately save the lives of hundreds of thousands around the world.