Lung cancer vigil Nov. 11

Patsy Freeman
Winston County Journal

From Press Reports
Mathiston will host a vigil locally as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer on Nov. 11.
Mathiston will join 125 communities across the nation in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance. The vigil begins at 2 p.m. at the Mathiston Public Library.
Vigil organizer Chelle Stephenson said, “My mother, Bonnie Farley, died Aug. 4, 2011, after a 15-month battle with lung cancer. After seeing how much my mother suffered with lung cancer I wanted to be an advocate for other families who are dealing with this disease.
Lung cancer kills more Americans than the next four leading cancers combined, including breast and prostate cancers. It is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Mississippi . Nearly, 80 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are never smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is scientific validation that screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans can save tens of thousands of lives a year.