Massachusetts Turns Turquoise to Recognize National Women’s Lung Health Week 

 American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE calls upon Massachusetts to share its collective voice to defeat the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer 

Today, the American Lung Association in Massachusetts is supporting LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 8 – 14) by turning local landmarks turquoise in an effort to raise awareness and defeat lung cancer in women. LUNG FORCE is a fast-growing initiative uniting the nation against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. In Massachusetts, the Basketball Hall of Fame, TD Garden, the Zakim Bridge, among other significant sites were illuminated turquoise on Monday, May 9.

“Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of both men and women,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “We thank and salute the many landmarks, local governments, retailers and individuals here in Massachusetts and across the Northeast who are taking action to raise awareness about Women’s Lung Health Week and LUNG FORCE.  We know that it will take a force of supporters for us to be successful in beating lung cancer and saving more lives; and we are committed to building our number of supporters and our momentum each and every year.” 

Every eight minutes, a woman in the United States will lose her battle with lung cancer, yet awareness is shockingly low, only 1 percent of women say that lung cancer is a top-of-mind cancer concern. However, the number of women dying from lung cancer has nearly doubled over the past 30 years. A strong, healthy breath is critical to ensure women can speak out and raise their voices. LUNG FORCE uses the powerful stories of the nation – from celebrities and influencers, to families, friends and communities – to stand together with the collective voice, strength and determination needed to make lung cancer history.

LUNG FORCE is focused on driving more positive outcomes for the women and families whose lives have been forever changed as a result of a lung cancer diagnosis.

Now in its third year, LUNG FORCE is empowering women and men in Massachusetts to share their voice to make lung cancer a public health priority.

Towns and cities such as Boston, Auburn, Springfield and Holyoake have issued proclamations declaring May 8-14 Women’s Lung Health Week. The American Lung Association is also asking Massachusetts residents to share their voices in the fight against lung cancer. Visit www.LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to participate:

Walk: A LUNG FORCE Walk is scheduled in Boston this Thursday, May 12, at Boston Common. To register, participate or help raise funds for the important work LUNG FORCE is hosting in Boston and nationwide, visit LUNGFORCE.org/runwalk