Change the "GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE OUT" from November
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Tobacco Cessation Programs, Anti-Smoking Campaigns, and the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke Out" ( ACS's annual & ONLY event for November- Lung Cancer Awareness Month) are effective social tools to create Public Health Awareness.
Conversely these programs are proven to increase and fuel the Stigma towards Lung Cancer as a "Smokers Disease" ; a tragic misrepresentation of this undiscriminating #1 cancer killer, that AFFECTS EVERYONE. Lung Cancer claims 160,000 lives annually, more than breast, colon,liver,kidney,prostate and melanoma cancers COMBINED. Yet receives the least amount of support in every area afforded other cancers & major diseases.ACS's recent endorsement of Early Detection lung cancer screening continues to promote lung cancer as a "Smokers Disease" & leaves the majority of the population ineligible for screening and at risk of undetected disease. Most lung cancers are detected at the late incurable stage,only 15% of these patients will survive 5 years.The lack of resources offered LC ,minimal public and private support , serves to further impede our efforts for Awareness of Lung Cancer. Not to mention the lack of support shown by ACS towards the people affected by this disease.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society does not sponsor ONE event, walk or race to honor the courageous people that are affected by this killer disease.
We the people affected by Lung Cancer, require that the American Cancer Society- STOP THE STIGMA. We require that ACS Support and Honor the people and our efforts to increase Awareness in November & year round. The American Cancer Society is the World's richest, most powerful, Cancer Organization, claiming dedication to the Cure, Awareness and Support of All cancers. Those of us affected by Lung Cancer require that ACS CHANGE The Month Of American Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke Out" to any month EXCEPT November.
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