Northwestern Medicine Helps Kick off National Movement to Fight No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology May 15, 2014
Malcolm DeCamp, MD, Northwestern Medicine’s chief of thoracic surgery, joined the American Lung Association to kick off Lung Force – a national movement to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.

“Many people don’t realize that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in the United States,” DeCamp said.  “There simply can’t be enough attention paid to this issue because the lung cancer five-year survival rate at just over 16 percent is lower than many other leading cancers.” 

By Dr. DeCamp’s side was Susan Warmerdam. In February 2012, Susan was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, having never smoked a day in her life. After getting past the initial shock of her diagnosis, she has turned her attention to fighting lung cancer on a larger scale, raising money to help fight the disease and helping others. 

Lung Force is a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. The first National Women’s Lung Health Week is May 11-17.  The Willis Tower, Wrigley Building and other Chicago buildings turned their lights turquoise in honor of the movement this week and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a proclamation in honor of Women’s Lung Health. 

Northwestern Medicine is the official local presenter of Lung Force. The inaugural Chicago Lung Force reception on May 14, 2014 at the Swissotel Chicago was one of several events held in towns and cities across the country.   

Smoking contributes to 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women.  For smokers interesting in becoming non-smokers, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine offers a comprehensive Smoking Cessation Program. Our tobacco cessation specialist can help you identify the right therapy and coach you on behavior change techniques that can successfully break nicotine addiction. Call the Tobacco Treatment Specialist at 312-926-2069 or the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at 312-926-DOCS (3627) to determine the right program for you.
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