Shining a light on lung cancer

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INTERNATIONAL Lung Cancer Awareness Day will be marked by a  “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” vigil at the Old Parliament House Rose Garden, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Saturday, November 17. 

Organised by the Australian Lung Foundation , the vigil will be an informal gathering featuring consumer stories and sausage sizzle.

Lung cancer, which can affect male or female, old or young, smokers or non-smokers, accounts for one in every five deaths from cancer. By the age of 85, one in 16 Australians will develop lung cancer.

Judy Rafferty is the nurse care co-ordinator for lung cancer and mesothelioma at the Canberra Hospital says: “Lung cancer is Australia’s biggest cancer killer – killing over 20 Australians each day, which is more people than breast, ovarian and prostate cancers combined.”

As part of Lung Health Awareness Month, the foundation is encouraging Australians to get involved and “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer”.

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