Survivors speak at ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event’

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University Cancer Institute, West Virginia Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, and the local lung cancer community gathered Thursday evening at the WVU Alumni Center.

The 10th annual ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer’ event was held where the City of Morgantown joins approximately 200 cities that will be holding similar events to shine the light on lung cancer awareness. The Month of November is also lung cancer awareness month.

"Three years ago, actually my family doctor recommended that I have that I have a lung cancer screening. And when I had it, they found something in my lung and I was able to catch it early. I had surgery on my lung, and they removed part of my lung, and I didn’t have to have any other treatment,” said Sara Jane Gaine, a lung cancer survivor from Morgantown.

Shine a Light Morgantown honored lung cancer survivors and recognized statewide partners in cancer control.

“Unfortunately, West Virginia is always number one or number two in the incidents of lung cancer in the nation, and we have to worst outcome. Among all the causes for lung cancer, smoking is probably the number one leading cause for lung cancer. Recently we have been encouraging people to have lung cancer screenings,” said Ghulam Abbas, Chief of Thoracic Surgery for WVU Health System

Attendees also had opportunities to ask questions and interact with oncologist, radiologist, and surgeons from WVU Cancer Institute.

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