By: Emily Johnson
November 14, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Community member gathered at the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center for a candlelight vigil all to raise awareness of the stigma associated with lung cancer to promote CT screenings for lung cancer. The stigma is that only smokers get lung cancer. In reality 80% of people who get lung cancer have never smoked or quit smoking for quite sometime. A plan for the Lung Cancer Alliance is to raise awareness of the importance of lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan.
People who should get this screening are between the ages of 55 and 75 and who have smoked the equivalent to a pack a day for more than 20 years. Lung Cancer is the #2 treated cancer at the Cancer Center behind breast cancer. The vigil lasted from 5-7 P.M. with the lighting of glow sticks as candles at the end of the ceremony.