Unprecedented Lung Cancer Event Draws Top Advocates in Washington D.C.

The National Press Club will host leading minds in the fight against lung cancer Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 in Washington DC. Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc. joins other organizations and activists at the event.

Tomorrow, a diverse group of activists, professionals, researchers, survivors, and a former NFL player will gather at the National Press Club (NPC) in the nation’s capital to discuss one goal they all have in common: saving lives from lung cancer. This first-of-its-kind event kicks off National Lung Cancer Awareness Month from the Fourth Estate room of the NPC, the leading international organization for journalists. 

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer worldwide and the top cancer killer of women in the United States. The American Lung Association estimates that in 2016 alone, over 158,000 people in the U.S. will die from lung cancer. Despite the staggering death toll, lung cancer research is still severely underfunded, and the survival rate of patients diagnosed with lung cancer is still far lower than that of patients diagnosed with other leading cancers.

Members of the lung cancer advocacy community know that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. Still, there is a stigma surrounding the disease that slows the progress of international awareness and life-saving action. Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in both men and women, the number of nonsmokers with lung cancer has increased. Radon, an often overlooked carcinogenic gas found in homes and other buildings, is the leading culprit behind lung cancer in nonsmokers, responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone. This NPC event includes radon awareness in the conversation about lung cancer, welcoming representatives from the radon community to attend and speak.

Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc., the world’s leading radon fan manufacturer for nearly three decades under its RadonAway® brand, donates tens of thousands of dollars and countless resources every year to support radon-induced lung cancer awareness. Spruce has also been a diamond sponsor of Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) for many years, and is proud to be joining representatives of CanSAR and other members of the radon community in Washington for this event. David Hill, Spruce’s Executive Vice President and a decades-long radon-induced lung cancer advocate, will attend on behalf of Spruce.

This gathering on Tuesday, November 1st, will bring together minds at the forefront of the lung cancer action community to share stories of loss and survival, breakthrough research, scientific advancements, and plans to grow national awareness. It is through events such as this one that professionals, activists, and concerned community members can work to grow public knowledge, as well as spur medical and legislative action, to ultimately save lives from this disease.

Source: Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.