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October 28, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate shines a light on lung cancer Nov. 1

Upstate University Hospital invites community members to gather at its main entrance at 750 East Adams Street Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the Lung Cancer Alliance’s annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil. Now in its second year locally, the nationwide event calls on communities to kick-off November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

“The Upstate community is focused on raising cancer awareness and programs like Shine a Light on Lung Cancer allow us to share that with the community,” said Leslie J. Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center. “Our dedication to educating and caring for patients is strong and will fuel the efforts at the upcoming Upstate Cancer Center.”

Each week in Central New York, 150 people are diagnosed with cancer and another 56 lose their lives to the disease. Lung and bronchus cancers are the most lethal, accounting for 16.1 percent of cancer diagnosis and 30.5 percent of all deaths.

The vigil will feature an opening ceremony with spiritual care representatives, remarks from Dr. Kohman, and a chance to connect with individuals and families affected by lung cancer. College Versus Cancer association members, patients, families, community members and hospital staff will be present for the vigil. Candles and glow sticks will be provided. Parking in the Upstate University Hospital garages will be validated for vigil participants.

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