Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation officially designating the month of November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
"By increasing awareness of the devastating effects of this deadly disease we hope to contribute to the efforts of cancer researchers in Georgia and across the nation," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "Education is a vital part of the battle to eradicate lung cancer."
Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a national campaign dedicated to increasing attention to lung cancer issues. By helping to raise awareness and working to increase federal funding in lung cancer research, those involved in lung cancer education bring much-needed support and attention to a disease that each year kills more people than breast, prostate, colon and pancreas cancers combined.
"We are asking that Congress and the National Cancer Institute strengthen and focus its investment in lung cancer research," said Edward Levitt, an Emory Winship Cancer Institute lung cancer survivor and advocate representing the Lung Cancer Alliance, which is based in Washington, D.C. "Lung cancer incidence and mortality rates constitute an American health crisis that impacts our society on many levels. We have made progress in lung cancer research, but so much more needs to be done. Progress against this disease begins in the laboratory, and we need to redouble our efforts at funding this vital work."
According American Cancer Society statistics, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Georgia and in the United States. In 2005, there will be an estimated 4,500 deaths in Georgia and 163,510 deaths in the U.S. from lung cancer.
Governor Perdue held a brief signing ceremony in his office with lung cancer survivors Levitt and Tammy Willett as well as Nancy Paris from the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Marie Gordon, from Senator Johnny Isakson's office, Kim Woods from Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals and other representatives from the Winship Cancer Institute.