To kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, nationally presented by CVS Health, today announced its partnership with Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle to further educate the public about lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women in the United States
Personally affected by lung cancer, LaBelle hopes that lending her powerful voice to the cause will encourage all women to learn how they can make a difference in the fight to defeat lung cancer, which claims the life of one woman every eight minutes in the United States. Raising awareness is critical as only 1 percent of American women even have lung cancer on their health radar.
“It’s very important to me to share my voice in memory of my sisters, who lost their lives to lung cancer in their early 40s,“ said LaBelle. “It’s because of them that I want all women to make their lung health a priority. Unfortunately, this story is all too common – most lung cancer cases are still diagnosed late, when treatment options are limited. More funding for lung cancer research is needed to make a difference. Now is the time to donate to give those we love a fighting chance.“
Over the next several months, LaBelle will be working closely with LUNG FORCE to create a short film unveiling how lung cancer has affected not only her life, but the lives of many other people. The short film will be officially debuted during National Women’s Lung Health Week, beginning May 8, 2016.