November 1st marks the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month across the United States. While mesothelioma is not a lung cancer, both diseases are associated with similar risk factors, including asbestos exposure and smoking.

Lung cancer is much more common than mesothelioma, but no less deadly. It is, in fact, the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States each year. It is important to raise awareness of the disease associated with a great deal of stigma related to its causal relationship with smoking. It is also important to realize that patients must not be blamed for their illness and the illness’s association with smoking should not impact funding for lung cancer treatment and research.

Nationwide organizations, including the Lung Cancer Alliance and American Lung Association, along with their regional affiliates, have planned a number of events in observance of the month. Some events being planned are below.

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month Symposium – Tuesday, November 1
Lung Cancer Fund
Sponsored by the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, The 3rd Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Month Symposium will take place at The Times Center, 242 W. 41st Street at 8th Avenue, New York, NY from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public but attendants can find more information here.

  • Shine-a-Light on Lung Cancer Vigil – Tuesday, November 1st
Shine A Light
The 3rd Annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil will take place in 74 cities across the United States and as far away as Australia! Visit the Lung Cancer Alliance for more information.

  • Free to Breathe National Walk Week- November 5-11th
The 4th Annual Free to Breathe National Walk takes place across the country where throughout the week people walk any distance in their communities to support lung cancer awareness. To register visit their website here.

  • Ride For Your Breath Bike Ride – Sunday, November 20th
The first annual Ride For Your Breath Bike Ride, hosted by St. Jude Medical Center in support of the Lung Cancer Alliance will take place in Fullerton, California. Riders can choose between 5, 10, and 35-mile courses in honor of a loved one who has battled or passed away from lung cancer.

Ride for Your Breath

In observance of the occasion, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will also be rolling several new content features throughout the month, including thoracic oncology physician spotlights, perspectives from cancer survivor, Heather Von St. James, who underwent radical thoracic surgery, as well as new information on lung cancer causes, support groups and challenges facing advocates for research funding.

We urge you to check back throughout the month for the latest in Lung Cancer Awareness Month news and events around the country and in your own community!