Local advocates hosting lung cancer vigil on Nov. 24

From Press Reports


Residents of Webster County will host a vigil locally as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer and reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

On Nov. 24 Webster County will join 125 communities across the country in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance. The vigil will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mathiston Public Library, 298 Scott Ave.

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80 percent of those diagnosed today are never smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is a lifesaving benefit for those at high risk to detect lung cancer early through low-dose CT screening.

The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil is a global campaign to raise awareness, support and education for lung cancer. This year, 125 vigils are taking place across the country in November as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, making this event the largest awareness event for lung cancer.

On the Web: lungcanceralliance.org