The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative’s annual Turquoise Takeover celebration, from May 8th through May 14th, unites America to raise critical awareness of lung cancer, the nation’s #1 cancer killer.
May 8th, 2023 – Every year, LUNG FORCE celebrates Turquoise Takeover by turning landmarks and buildings across our nation turquoise - LUNG FORCE’s signature color - to increase education and provide hope for those living with lung cancer. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, by wearing turquoise and showing their spirit by posting a selfie on their social media channels, as a symbol of hope for those living with lung disease.
The Town of Islip is participating in LUNG FORCE, by turning the Town Hall cupola turquoise the week of May 8th-May 14th. “According to the Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. Of course, it's best to quit early in life, but even someone who quits later in life will improve their health,” said Islip Town Supervisor, Angie Carpenter. “I’m urging anyone motivated to quit smoking, to visit How to Quit Smoking | American Lung Association for resources on how to take that first important step,” said the Supervisor.
While lung cancer remains the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% over the past 5 years and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. This encouraging trend will be further aided by improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening.
The Lung Association’s “Saved By the Scan” initiative has helped more than 600,000 people find out if they are eligible for early screening. Additionally, advancements in research have resulted in more than 30 new lung cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2016.