Lung Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, lung cancer is caused by uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the lungs; and

WHEREAS, 10-15% of lung cancer cases occur in people who have never smoked, and over 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking; and

WHEREAS, people diagnosed with lung cancer have only a 16% five-year survival rate; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to making lung cancer a public health priority, supporting advocacy work on behalf of lung cancer patients, and all those at risk for the disease, and offering support and care for all those in our community affected by lung cancer; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by lung cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of lung cancer continues to be vigorously supported;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.