Lung Cancer Vigil to Be Held November 14 in Charlotte
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Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute will host a Lung Cancer Vigil on Thursday, November 14, to recognize lung cancer awareness month and to honor those who have been impacted by the disease.
The vigil will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Institute’s Healing Garden on the fourth floor. Institute physicians Edward S. Kim, MD, chair of the Department of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, and Kathryn Mileham, MD, medical oncology, will speak at the vigil. Also speaking are Chaplain Daniel Miles and patients who will share their personal stories with lung cancer.
The vigil is organized as part of the Lung Cancer Alliance’s annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event, which is the largest international coordinated awareness event for lung cancer. More than 90 communities throughout the United States participate in the vigil to raise awareness for lung cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Each year, there are approximately 200,000 new cases of lung cancer in the United States.
Risk factors for developing lung cancer include: smoking, secondhand smoke, medical exposure to radiation of the chest, and increased age.
Some common symptoms of lung cancer are persistent coughing, back pain, coughing up blood and shortness of breath.
Treatments for lung cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.