Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women that kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Yet, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer — a survey of over 1,000 American women ages 18+ that measures women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer— this disease is not even on women’s radar. According to the survey, when asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.
To raise awareness for the cause, over the next 12 months the American Lung Association will be hosting LUNG FORCE Walks all over the country – rallying together friends, neighbors and colleagues to stand together and walk together, against lung cancer. Funds raised will be designated to research, advocacy, education and awareness. To learn more about this cause, we recently chatted with mom and singer, Jewel about how she will be showing her continued support of the LUNG FORCE Walks this year as well as how she connected with LUNG FORCE.
MomTrends:How did you get involved with LUNG FORCE?
Jewel: I rely on my lungs every day to do what I love most in the world – sing and perform, so I was shocked to learn that while lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in this country, only one percent of women say that lung cancer is on their radar. I want to work to change this with the American Lung Association’s new national women’s health movement, LUNG FORCE.
MomTrends: Why is lung health so important for women?
Jewel: For starters, lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. I’ve made it my mission to ensure that all women realize that lung cancer can happen to anyone. It’s my belief that while everyone has lungs, no one deserves lung cancer.
MomTrends: What was the inspiration for ‘Sing On’?
Jewel: I wanted to write an anthem for the LUNG FORCE movement that would unite women and their loved ones to take much-needed action in the fight against this disease. With ‘Sing On’ I want women to know that when we all raise our voices together, there’s hope to defeat this disease. It’s available on iTunes and all proceeds benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.
MomTrends: How have your issues about health changed since you have become a mom?
Jewel:Spending the past few years raising my three-year-old son, Kase, has really instilled an important sense of purpose. He’s reminded me live with courage and to be the type of person I want my son to be. And I would be so proud to have my son grow up to be the sort of person who leads a healthy, balanced lifestyle and stands up for causes he believes in.
MomTrends: What are some things we all can do for our lung health?
Jewel: I’ve actually created my own fundraising team, “Team Jewel”, on LUNGFORCE.org where anyone can join and donate to support this important cause through the end of November. The funds we raise together will help spread awareness of lung cancer and further research to develop better tools for screening and treatment options. The top donor by the end of Giving Tuesday on 12/2 will get a personal video message from me!
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