Northwestern Medicine Walks for Lung Cancer Research

Northwestern Medicine
Pulmonology October 03, 2014
Northwestern Medicine Lung cancer doctors, patients, survivors and families all walked together to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research at the Lung Force Walk on Sept. 28 at the McDonald's Hamburger University campus in Oak Brook.

“Lung cancer has been under the public’s radar for far too long,” said Malcolm DeCamp, MD, Northwestern Medicine’s chief of thoracic surgery. “We need events like this one to remind people of the importance of lung cancer research. Many people are surprised to learn that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women so there simply can’t be enough attention paid to this issue.” 

More than 1,000 people participated in the walk which raised about $160,000 for lung cancer detection, research and cures. Northwestern Medicine was the official event sponsor.

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them,” said Meghan Miller, Executive Director of the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “What few people know is that lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as a cause of women’s death in 1987. This has to change as soon as possible. This walk is an opportunity to rally our friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices against lung cancer and for lung health for everyone.”

Smoking contributes to 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women.  For smokers interesting in becoming non-smokers, the Osher Center for Integrative Health 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 Health at 312.926.DOCS (3627) to determine the right program for you.

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