Published on May 18th, 2017 | by David Morales0
Health Watch: Raising Awareness for Lung Cancer
Today on Mother’s Day, The Hype Magazine wants to give a shout out to Adam Klien. After spending 39 days on the island of Fiji competing to win Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X in 2016, Adam returned home to be with his mother, Susie, who had been battling lung cancer, the mostly deadly type of cancer in the US. Now he is raising awareness of lung cancer during National Women’s Lung Health Week. Early detection is key to improve survival rates. That is why Adam, CBS Survivor Season 33 winner and American Lung Association LUNG FORCE teams up with The Hype magazine to spread awareness for the cause. Check out his story and what you can do to help find a cure at a local CVS pharmacy today!
Why is lung cancer awareness so important?
This week is women’s lung health week. So, this is a great time to be talking about lung cancer, because only two percent of women have lung cancer on their health radar, and yet it kills more women and men than any other cancer. More than the next top three cancer killers combined. So, we really need to get some more awareness out there about lung cancer, and about the fact that it can happen to anyone. If you have a pair of lungs, you can get lung cancer.
How has lung cancer specifically affected you?
Yeah, so when I went on Survivor, my mom had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and just about two years before that, my mom was medically cleared to play the game. We almost got on together and at the time, she was incredibly physically fit. She never smoked a day in her life; totally organically worked out every day. She lived a lifestyle that was the epitome of health and yet you know somehow, she got lung cancer and I must say, I had some misconceptions about this disease. I never thought that my mom or anyone in my family would get lung cancer, and so, what I’ve learned throughout all of this is that lung cancer isn’t caused by one specific thing, anyone can get lung cancer.
We need to invest more into this disease so that we can catch lung cancers at an earlier stage. Only 18 percent of lung cancers are caught early in an early stage when it’s the most treatable. So, we need to figure out how we can detect this disease earlier and we need to invest resources so that we can have more answers for patients that have later stage lung cancer so they can have hope. They can live with this disease as a chronically managed disease. It’s obviously personal to me and that’s why I’m here.
Tell us about your partnership with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE?
As Adam knows all too well, lung cancer can happen to anyone. We do know that one of the leading causes is smoking, which is why CVS health has partnered with American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, to help raise critical funds for lung cancer research and awareness. You can stop by a CVS health today to donate one dollar or more for lung cancer research education and awareness.
What resources are available for those who want to quit smoking?
The money is going to help raise funds for research and education. We are also part of the first campaign which is helping raise the first generation of
Where can our viewers at the Hype magazine go for more information and to act?
You can go for more information to lung.org/CVS or stop by a CVS to donate one dollar, three dollars or more to help raise funds for research and education.