November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 450 people lose their battle with this terrible disease every day. It is disheartening to know that, even though it is the second-leading cause of death in the US, it receives drastically less funding than many other cancers.
In 2012, $1.043 billion of federal research money was spent on breast cancer, while $354 million was spent on colon cancer, and $231.2 million was spent on lung cancer. But with each November that rolls around, it seems that there are a few new opportunities to support lung cancer awareness, and in that I find hope.
There are multiple lung cancer organizations. Allow me to share with you a couple of the great ones that make it their goal to be an advocate for lung cancer awareness and are truly making a difference. Let it be known that I'm not receiving any compensation from either of these organizations. I have simply found them to be excellent resources for the lung cancer patients I work with daily.
The Lung Cancer Alliance provides support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer. Its motto: "We are dedicated to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education, and support." Its resources include the following.
LungLoveLink: An online community linking those touched by lung cancer to support, resources, and local events
Lung Cancer HelpLine: A support, information, and referral line for anyone with questions and concerns about lung cancer
Lung Cancer Online: Provides many resources on all aspects of lung cancer for patients, loved ones, and healthcare professionals
LUNGevity is another organization making great strides in making a difference in the face of lung cancer. Its mission is "to have a meaningful impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer." Its resources include the following.
Support Community: A social network providing users with 24-hour peer-to-peer support and an online message board
Hope Summit: An annual two-day conference specifically for lung cancer survivors
LUNGevity LinkUP: An online initiative to bring together people who are passionate about ending lung cancer, educating others about the disease, and learning to become their own medical advocate or advocating for loved ones
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