STOCKBRIDGE — In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Piedmont Henry Hospital is urging the community, particularly those deemed high-risk for developing lung cancer, to get the facts about the deadly disease.
The hospital will host a free community event on Nov. 15 to educate people about lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.
The two-hour program, “Shining a Light on Lung Cancer,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Thomas F. Chapman Cancer Wellness Center on the ground floor in the hospital’s Education Center. Dr. Africa Wallace, a thoracic surgeon at Piedmont Henry, will share information on the newest treatments for lung cancer, prevention and screenings.
“Lung cancer is not only a disease of men and smokers,” said Wallace. “Like breast cancer, there are tools to catch lung cancer in its early stages. The goal of this event is to shed light the disease and empower people in our community to take charge of their health and wellness.”
A lighted walk around the hospital’s campus to honor people living with lung cancer and those who have been lost to the disease will follow the event. Refreshments will be provided.
Known risk factors for lung cancer are tobacco smoking, contact with radon, contact with asbestos or other cancer-causing agents, family history of lung cancer, diagnoses of certain other cancers and/or lung disease and contact with second-hand smoke.
For more information or to register, call 678-604-5990.