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Lung cancer is focus of Shine a Light campaign

October 29, 2010
A national campaign intended to bring attention to lung cancer serves as a kick-off to Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November.

The Lung Cancer Alliance's annual event, Shine a Light, is set for November 4 with a series of vigils planned in many cities across the country. The alliance is expecting dozens of organizations to host about 100 vigils in all 50 states this year and include upwards of one million people illuminating the vigils with glow sticks.

Shine a Light began in 2004 in Boston to bring support people who have lung cancer, promote the need for additional research funding and honor those who have died from the disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 222,000 new cases of lung cancer reported in the U.S. this year. About 157,000 men and women are expected to die from the disease in 2010, which is about 28 percent of all cancer deaths expected to occur in the U.S. this year.

The Cancer Institute of the North Shore-LIJ Health System uses a multidisciplinary approach to individualized cancer treatment that includes a team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, surgical subspecialists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and genetic counselors.
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